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Mar 07, 2017

Mater Dei Prep Names New Girls’ Cross Country Head Coach

Continuing the growth of women’s sports at Mater Dei Prep (MDP) in Middletown, the school is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Altland as the girls’ cross country head coach.

“We could not have found a better head coach than Christine Altland for our girls’ cross country team,” said Lance Bennett, Mater Dei Prep athletic director. “Christine’s expertise, coupled with her passion to serve our student-athletes, will make for an exciting experience for our participants.”

Since 2016, Ms. Altland has been head coach of the MDP girls’ varsity track and field team. Prior to that, she spent three years as the head coach for both the boys’ and girls’ varsity cross country and track and field teams at Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy. She attended Monmouth University, where she excelled in track and cross country. In 2016, she was named Middlesex County Girls’ Coach of the Year.

“I’m extremely honored to be named the head coach for the girls’ cross country team here at Mater Dei Prep,” said Ms. Altland. “It’s going to be great for the program moving forward and the transition into the track seasons.” She was recently recognized for her track and cross country achievements with induction into Raritan High School’s Hall of Fame. She also works in the admissions department at Mater Dei Prep.

Longtime cross country and track and field coach Mike Tursi has been named Director of Cross Country Operations. Both appointments were made to build on the recent successes of the MDP cross country and track and field programs. As director, Mr. Tursi will be responsible for the day-to-day activities for both programs, while ensuring their continued long-term growth.

“I’m thrilled to work with Mike Tursi, who has been part of the Mater Dei Prep family for years now,” said Ms. Altland. “Together, we’re going to have remarkable programs.” Mr. Tursi will remain head coach of the boys’ track and field and cross country teams.

For more information about the Mater Dei Prep cross country program, or about other programs the school offers, please call (732) 671-9100 or visit