Larry Cole, whose programs have produced 64 NCAA Division III All-Americans in a 25-year head coaching career, enters his 11th season at Rose-Hulman.
Cole has led the Fightin' Engineers to six consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field titles in 2008, '09, '10, '11, '12 and '13. This feat marks the first Rose-Hulman athletic team with six straight league championships since the men's track and field squad won titles from 1984-89.
Cole has also helped Rose-Hulman individuals earn 16 All-American honors and five NCAA Division III national championships in his era at the college. In addition, Cole helped the men's and women's teams sweep the inaugural HCAC Indoor Championships in 2011. The men repeated the feat with indoor titles in 2012 and 2013.
For his efforts, Cole has earned 10 HCAC Coach of the Year honors, including Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year accolades in 2008, '09, '10, '11, '12 and 13. His career has featured 12 conference Coach of the Year awards.
Cole's success extends to his cross country squads. In 2012, the Engineers matched their best conference finish in 20 years with a second-place effort at the HCAC Championships. Rose-Hulman individuals also captured league runner-up honors in 2010 and 2011.
Regarded by his peers as one of Division III's finest meet directors, Cole's efforts helped Rose-Hulman land the hosting role for the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships. He previously served as the meet director for the 1995 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Nationals at Ohio Northern.
His efforts were also instrumental in Rose-Hulman securing the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Course in November.
Cole began his coaching career at Muskingum College (Ohio) as the men's and women's track and field coach from 1982-90. At Muskingum, he coached 52 conference champions, 15 NCAA Division III All-Americans, and four conference women's championship teams.
Cole then moved on to Ohio Northern, where his programs produced 72 league champions, 33 All-Americans, and was twice named conference Coach of the Year from 1990-97. He was also named both the Great Lakes Region men's and women's Coach of the Year in 1996.
At Ohio Northern, his cross country teams earned four league runner-up finishes from 1990-97. He has coached 31 all-conference runners, one All-American and one Ohio College Division Runner of the Year throughout his cross country coaching career. Eight of Cole's former student-athletes have recently been inducted into the Ohio Northern Hall of Fame.
Off the track, Cole serves on the Executive Committee of the United States Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. He served as first vice president in 1997 and currently serves as the group’s treasurer.
Geoff Wayton completed his first year on the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology coaching staff as head men's cross country and assistant last fall. He will also serve as assistant men's and women's track and field coach during the upcoming season.
Wayton helped lead a prolific Rose-Hulman cross country season during the fall of 2013, just weeks after taking over the program. On the women's side, Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery earned the second conference championship in Fightin' Engineer program history. She also became the second women's cross country runner in school history to compete at the NCAA Division III National Championships after placing third at the Great Lakes Regional.
On the men's side, Rose-Hulman men's cross country finished second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and six runners earned either all-conference or honorable mention all-league honors. The deep team also resulted in Rose-Hulman's best finish in 25 years at the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet.
Wayton came to Rose-Hulman after spending the last eight seasons on the coaching staff at Indiana State University. Wayton’s primary coaching duty was to oversee the sprints and relays, and the group experienced prolonged success during his tenure: 96 All-Missouri Valley Conference Performers, 12 Conference Champions, 5 relay conference championships, 6 NCAA Preliminary Round Qualifiers, 14 NCAA Mid-East Regional Qualifiers, and 1 All-American. In 2012 Wayton stepped in to coach the men’s distance runners with the following highlights:
* Craig Padgett and Al Escalera placed 1-2 at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, the first 1-2 finish in the 10k in school history.
* First 5k/10k double victory at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in school history (Craig Padgett).
* Craig Padgett (10k), Al Escalera (10k), Dustin Betz (3,000m Steeple), and Jeremiah Vaughan qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round.
* Jeremiah Vaughan captured the first Drake Relay title in the 1500m for a Sycamore and ran the #2 time in school history (3:45.23).
* Craig Padgett set the School Record in the Men’s 10k: 29:38.70.
* Al Escalera ran #3 All-Time in the Men’s 10k: 29:55.38.
In his own running career, Wayton became the first Indiana State distance runner to capture an individual conference title at the Missouri Valley Conference Track and Field Championships, was twice named all-district in cross country, and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Centennial Team in 2007. Wayton was also a prominent member of the first two conference championship cross country teams at Indiana State.
Following graduation, Wayton took part in the 2000 United States Olympic Committee's Altitude Training Study in Dallas, Texas., and Park City, Utah. From 2001-2002, he served as the head coach of the Academy of Holy Angels boys and girls cross country and track teams in Richfield, Minnesota., during which the boys team was ranked seventh in the state in 2001. In 2005, he became the head coach of Northview High School's girls cross country and track teams in Brazil, Indiana. Under Wayton, the team was the conference runner-up in track, advancing two athletes to the 2005 Indiana State Championships. The following fall, his cross country team captured the Western Indiana Conference title, and Wayton was named Coach of the Year.
Wayton is also an experienced meet director who has played an instrumental role in helping Terre Haute become Cross Country Town USA. Since 2008, he has served as meet director for the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships.
He has also served as meet director for the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional Championships since 2007 and served as assistant meet director for the 2009 Division III Great Lakes Regional Championships hosted by Rose-Hulman. Additionally, Wayton served as the Regional Team Manager for the Nike Track Nationals for three years.
Wayton was active in alumni affairs at ISU founding the Sycamore Track and Field Alumni Panel, the Sycamore Cross Country Alumni Reception, the Sycamore Track and Field Alumni Reunion, and Sycamore Senior Day while at Indiana State.
Wayton serves on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Rules Committee, and is active in the Terre Haute community having served as Vice-President of the Farrington's Grove Historical District.
A native of Linwood, New Jersey, Wayton is a 1995 graduate of Mainland Regional High School where he was all-state in cross country three times, won a state championship in the 3200 meters, and was South Jersey Runner-of-the-Year in 1993.
Wayton's brother Kurt is a high profile high school cross country and track and field coach in West Windsor, New Jersey. Wayton is married to former Indiana State cross country All-American Jessica Crowder-Wayton.
Geoff and Jessica are the proud parents of Kurt Michael Wayton, born in February of this year.
Christy Sherman enters her ninth season as an assistant coach for throwing events at Rose-Hulman.
Sherman earned four All-American honors in the shot put at Indiana State University, including three second-place finishes at the NCAA Division I championships.
Sherman's efforts helped Rose-Hulman earn seven Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference field event titles and 31 top-three finishes in throwing events. The highlights include 2008 graduate Janel Belton named the HCAC Field Athlete of the Year.
Sherman is employed by the Vigo County School Corporation as a teacher at Deming Elementary School. She is married to husband, John, and they have one son, Jack.
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