Crystal Bourque is in her seventh season as an assistant coach with the women's track & field team in 2017-18. She joined Laurie Feit-Melnick's staff in September of 2011 after an All-American career at Rhode Island.
Bourque works primarily with the throwers, coaching the shot put, hammer, discus, javelin and weight techniques. She also assists with sprint and plyometric workouts, as well as helping to coordinate team meetings and practice times. During the fall, Borque assists with cross country workouts.
Bourque won the hammer throw at the 2014 USATF New England Championship, a competition that is part of her training to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Bourque has coached several Rams to top-three finishes at both the Atlantic 10 Indoor and Outdoor championships. She coached Genevieve Rybicki to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Outdoor title in the hammer. Rybicki won the crown with a toss of 175'9. At the same championship, Kelly McCabe earned second place in the javelin. Both throwers qualified for the NCAA East Preliminaries that season. Earlier in the year, Rybicki set a school record in the discus with a throw of 167.1.
In 2011, she helped Genevieve Rybicki place second in the weight throw at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championship. Rybicki and Emily Moorehead placed third and fourth, respectively, in the hammer throw at the league's outdoor championship that spring. Rybicki added a third-place finish in the shot put, while Kelly McCabe placed third in the javelin throw at the outdoor championship.
Before joining the staff at Rhode Island, Bourque was a strength and conditioning intern with both the Next Level Athletic Training Center in Johnston, R.I. and with URI's Strength and Conditioning program.
During her athletic career at Rhode Island, Bourque was a Second-Team All-American in the hammer throw as a team captain in 2011. She was just the second women's track & field All-American in program history, joining Jasmine Jennings. In 2010, she was the New England champion and the Eastern College Athletic Conference champion in the hammer.
Bourque earned her degree in kinesiology from Rhode Island in 2011.