5/14/2008 12:00:00 AM
Eric Crumpecker Named Head Track Coach
May 14, 2008
Cape Girardeau, Mo. -
Long time Southeast Missouri State University assistant track coach Eric Crumpecker has been selected to succeed Joey Haines as head men's and women's track & field coach.
Crumpecker, who has served as an assistant coach under Haines for the past 17 seasons, will assume the head coaching duties on August 1 when Haines retires. He was selected after a national search that produced four finalists who had campus interviews.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to take over a great track program," Crumpecker said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity that coach Haines gave me 17 years ago when I started my coaching career. I've learned a great deal and I've been fortunate to be involved in all aspects of the track program. I'm taking over a program that has a great championship tradition and I just need to keep it going in the right direction.
"Recruiting is my top priority right now," Crumpecker continued. "We had a very young women's team this year that was hampered by injuries and so we have a lot of people coming back, but we need to add a couple of difference makers. We need help in the jumps. On the men's side we need to fill in holes in the pole vault and hurdles and replace some good sprinters. You don't replace a Miles Smith, but we hope to find some difference makers for the men's team."
In Haines final season as head coach, the Redhawks won the Ohio Valley Conference men's outdoor championship with the women's team finishing fourth. During his 26 year tenure at Southeast, Haines' teams won 15 OVC women's titles and six OVC men's titles. He won the NCAA Division II indoor national championship in 1985.
During his years as a Southeast assistant working primarily with the field events, Crumpecker was a part of 20 OVC team titles, coached 74 OVC individual champions, 131 OVC all-conference performers, six OVC "Track Athletes of the Year, four NCAA national finalists, 12 NCAA provisional qualifiers, 26 NCAA regional qualifiers and five regional finalists. He coached Southeast athletes to 11 school records and three OVC records.
Crumpecker will have a staff of two full time assistants and one graduate assistant. The two full time assistants, one to coach distance and cross country runners and one to coach sprinters, will be selected after a national search and will begin on July 1. Graduate assistant coach Candace Perry will return again next year to work with the jumpers.
Originally from Union, Mo., Crumpecker is a USATF Level 1 certified coach. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Science in Administration from Southeast. As a collegiate athlete, Crumpecker was a starting lineman for UMR and earned all-MIAA honors in the shot and discus for the Miners' track team. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Jackson, Mo.