John View
John View
Year: Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Team: SUNY ESF Cross Country Coach, 4x National Champion

John View returned to his birthplace of Syracuse, New York to lead the SUNY ESF cross country team to four straight National Championships, leading him to a Hall of Fame coaching career.  View, who grew up in Binghamton was always an avid lover of running, lettering in Track and leading his program in the 880-yard run.  After graduating from St. Leo College, he earned his master’s degree in Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. John also earned an Masters in Business Administration from Syracuse University.

View’s early career did not focus on coaching.  Instead he held Director of Financial Aid positions at Broome CC, followed by SUNY Canton in the late 1970s.  He moved to State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in 1979.  His love for running finally blossomed into a head coach position with the SUNY ESF athletics program in the late 2000s.  In less than a decade, View had upended the USCAA Cross Country scene, dethroning perennial favorite Dine College and leading his team to four straight National Championships from 2011 to 2014.  Additionally, he had three men’s runners win the overall championship and two women’s runners who finished in the top three.  John was an inspirational leader, evident by the outstanding culture displayed by his team at USCAA Nationals. 

John was also a strong contributor to the USCAA.  After a momentous stint in Lake Placid, John spearheaded a bid to take the national championships to Syracuse, New York.  SUNY ESF, under View’s leadership, had significant growth in numbers and media coverage in 2013 and 2014.  John was named USCAA Coach of the Year in 2014.  He continues to serve as a consultant to the USCAA on cross country matters to this day.  John is a loving husband to his wife Lorraine, father to two adult children, and grandfather.  John states, " I am humbled and honored to be inducted into the USCAA Hall of Fame. For me it means that I was able to have a positive impact on the lives of the young men and women I coached. They had the talent, together we discovered how to channel it into success.”


John View | SUNY ESF

 Cross Country Coach

  • 2014 USCAA Coach of the Year
  • 2015 and 2016 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • National Championship Appearances – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Team National Championships | Men – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 1 USCAA Men’s Runner Up
  • 1 Hudson Valley Women’s Conference Championship
  • 2 Chancellor Student-Athlete Awards
  • 2 Individual National Champions
  • 11 Men’s First Team All-American runners
  • 9 Men’s Second Team All-American runners
  • 6 Women’s Second Team All-American runners