Rusty

rustyAfter winning 9 individual small school track and cross country state titles at Nampa Christian High School I ran for Boise State and Northwest University.  In that time I was the #1 cross country runner at Boise State and got 7th place at the NAIA national meet in the steeplechase two times.  After college I coached at Meridian, Mountain View and Nampa Christian before becoming the Meridian High head coach in 2009.  After three years and much success including a 3rd place state trophy and the highest GPA of any cross country team in the state I left Meridian for 5 years to follow my wife in her pursuit of a PhD at Penn State University.  In my time there I became the head track coach of State College High School and helped break a 17 year drought and win a district title.

Despite some of these successes, I don’t believe that these things are what is important about cross country.  I have been fortunate enough to learn some very valuable lessons from cross country and track and field.  I personally was changed by the positive influence of one of my coaches and know that hard work and tenacity in one area of your life spreads to other areas.  I know that the title “coach” was important in my life and I take that role seriously.  I have an amazing wife Cindy who is a constant source of support and inspiration and two of the cutest kids around.  My wife works as a lecturer at Boise State in the Psychology Department and keeps my life organized.  I am blessed to be at Meridian and blessed to have the support of so many including my incredible coaching staff.- Go Warriors!

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