EUREKA — Eureka cross country coach Chris Robinson is welcoming a familiar face to his program.
Ian Cummings, a 2015 EC alum and former Red Devil captain, is rejoining the program as an assistant coach.
This academic year is the first time Eureka has had a cross country team since 2017. The Red Devils started fall practice two weeks ago and plans to compete at the Division III level this spring. Cummings was previously a part of the program, as well as EC’s track and field squads, from 2011-2015.
“Learning that a program you were once part of, and loved so much, was returning to campus was great news,” Cummings said. “Now, being able to be a part of it again as an assistant coach, and watch the program and the athletes come back is truly amazing. I cannot wait to see where we can get to, and I could not be happier to have this opportunity to help.”
Cummings graduated from EC with a degree in psychology in 2015. Since then, he has worked as a patrol officer and school resource officer for the Metamora Police Department.
Robinson said that he met Cummings through their mutual love of running back when he was a student, and that he has stayed in touch with him since then. When it came time to add an assistant coach, he was the first person who came to mind.
“I am really excited to welcome Ian back to the Red Devil cross country family,” Robinson said. “He is a direct link to the previously dormant program having run for the Red Devils during his four years here. His passion for running, and desire to see this program not only return, but thrive, made him the obvious choice to join me in coaching Red Devil XC.”