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Riverside's Cummings named USTF 2014 S.C. girls cross country coach of the year

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Published on Friday, January 9, 2015

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Eric Cummings of Riverside High School was named, by U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association, the inaugural girls South Carolina High School Cross Country Coach of the Year.
 
 

Eric Cummings of Riverside High School was named, by U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association, the inaugural girls South Carolina High School Cross Country Coach of the Year.

 

 

The U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association has named Riverside High School’s Eric Cummings the inaugural girls South Carolina High School Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Cummings coached Riverside to the school’s first AAAA South Carolina High School League championship when the girls dominated the state meet. Kate Ambrose won the individual championship. Riverside won the 2013 championship in AAA.

One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states and District of Columbia were honored for their successes during the 2014 cross country season.

Riverside girls team members are: Kate Ambrose, Ashley Fallow, Carter Marchbanks, Jessie Crowley, Emma Spencer, Mikie Harris and Abigail Smith.

Bill Wrightson of Hilton Head High School was the USTF boys cross country coach of the year in the state.

Cummings has worked as a social studies teacher at Riverside High for eight years, and was named the school's 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. He was nominated to the S.C. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame last summer.

"High school coaches have a profound impact on young athletes’ lives," said USTFCCCA CEO Sam Seemes. "For so many runners, their high school cross country coach is the person who opened the world of running to them."

Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (e.g. first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.)

The winners from each state are in consideration for the association’s first-ever National High School Coach of the Year award for cross country.

 

BOYS COACHES OF THE YEAR BY STATE

State

Coach Name

Coach School

Alabama

Claborn Campbell

Cold Springs High School

Alaska

Marcus Dunbar

Kodiak High School

Arizona

Chris Hanson

Desert Vista High School

Arkansas

Carlton Efurd

Rogers High School

California

Tyree Cruz

Ventura High School

Colorado

Jon Dalby

Mountain Vista High School

Connecticut

Robert Murray

Danbury High School

Delaware

Annie Zeberkiewicz

Tower Hill School

District of Columbia

Anthony Belber

Georgetown Day School

Florida

Doug Butler

Holy Trinity Academy

Georgia

Jack Coleman

Marietta High School

Hawaii

Katie O’Neil

Mid Pacific Institute

Idaho

Tracy Harris

Mountain View High School

Illinois

Chris Muth

Yorkville High School

Indiana

Steve Lewark

West Lafayette High School

Iowa

Todd Goodell

Linn-Mar High School

Kansas

Justin Wrigley

 St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Kentucky

Stan Clark

South Oldham High School

Louisiana

Chaz Caiado

John Curtis Christian School

Maine

Jim Harmon

Scarborough High School

Maryland

Terry Gibbons

Catoctin High School

Massachusetts

Phil Maia

Lowell High School

Michigan

Asa Kelly

Benzie Central High School

Minnesota

Bill Miles

Wayzata High School

Mississippi

Heath Dudley

 J.Z. George High School

Missouri

Bryant Wright

Festus High School

Montana

Clint May

Bozeman High School

Nebraska

Reverend Robert Tillman

Creighton Prep School

Nevada

Ed Parise

McQueen High School

New Hampshire

Mike Smith

Mascenic Regional High School

New Jersey

Tom Heath

Christian Brothers Academy

New Mexico

Sal Gonzales

Rio Rancho High School

New York

Bill Aris

Fayetteville-Manlius High School

North Carolina

David Christian

Broughton High School

North Dakota

Chris Reid

Bismarck High School

Ohio

Tom Rapp

Mason High School

Oklahoma

Steve Patterson

Jenks High School

Oregon

Carol McLatchie

Summit High School

Pennsylvania

John Neff

North Allegheny

Rhode Island

Ken Skelly

LaSalle Academy

South Carolina

Bill Wrightson

Hilton Head HS

South Dakota

Eric Pooley

Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

Tennessee

Len Jeffers

Daniel Boone High School

Texas

Justin Leonard

Southlake Carroll High School

Utah

Logan Fielding

Desert Hills High School

Vermont

Geoff Bennett

South Burlington High School

Virginia

Mike Mangan

Lake Braddock Secondary School

Washington

Gene Blankenship

Medical Lake High School

West Virginia

Jonathan Griffith

Bridgeport High School

Wisconsin

Tom Kaufman

Madison West High School

Wyoming

Greg Schabron

Laramie High School

GIRLS COACHES OF THE YEAR BY STATE

State

Coach Name

Coach School

Alabama

William Calvert

Saint Bernards Prep School

Alaska

Bill Steyer

Homer High School

Arizona

 Dr. Jeff Messer

Desert Vista High School

Arkansas

Sharon Jones

Siloam Springs High School

California

Doug Soles

Great Oak High School

Colorado

Mike Caller

Fort Collins High School

Connecticut

Judi Lafontaine

Tolland High School

Delaware

Marnie Giunta

Padua Academy

District of Columbia

Kevin Hughes

Georgetown Visitation Prep School

Florida

Kristen McWilliams

Winter Park High School

Georgia

Eric Heintz

Marist High School

Hawaii

Dennis Swart

Kaiser High School

Idaho

Ty Axtman

Timberline High School

Illinois

Dan Iverson

Naperville North High School

Indiana

Steve Lewark

West Lafayette High School

Iowa

Christy Nimrod

Decorah High School

Kansas

Justin Wrigley

 St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Kentucky

Rick Heim

Sacred Heart Academy

Louisiana

Mark LaHaye

 St. Joseph's Academy

Maine

Lin White

Orono High School

Maryland

Dan Jones

Liberty High School

Massachusetts

Cara Van Cott

Needham High School

Michigan

Doug Jager

Grand Rapids Christian High School

Minnesota

Dave Emmans

Wayzata High School

Mississippi

Tim Sayers

Ocean Springs High School

Missouri

Gaylerd Quigley

Nerinx Hall

Montana

Clint May

Bozeman High School

Nebraska

George O’Boyle

Pius X

Nevada

Roy Session

Centennial High School

New Hampshire

Tim Cox Brent Tkaczyk 

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

New Jersey

Rob DeFillipis

Red Bank Catholic

New Mexico

Nick Martinez

La Cueva High School

New York

Bill Aris

Fayetteville-Manlius High School

North Carolina

Mike Miraggliuolo

Green Hope High School

North Dakota

Julie Stavn

Century High School

Ohio

David Dobson

Centerville High School

Oklahoma

David Ayres

Bartlesville High School

Oregon

Carol McLatchie

Summit High School

Pennsylvania

Greg Sargent

Pennsbury High School

Rhode Island

Kelly Martin

LaSalle Academy

South Carolina

Eric Cummings

Riverside High School

South Dakota

Jesse Coy

Rapid City Stevens High School

Tennessee

Raymond Farmer

Morristown-West High School

Texas

Rebekah James

Canyon Randall High School

Utah

Bruno Hunziker

American Fork High School

Vermont

Scott Bliss

Champlain Valley Union High School

Virginia

James DeMarco

Blacksburg High School

Washington

Steve Olson

Lakeside Nine Mile Falls

West Virginia

Daniel Demchak

University High School

Wisconsin

Mark Johnson

Eau Claire Memorial High School

Wyoming

Jeff Brazil

Jackson Hole High School

 

 

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