Ashland University's cross country and track and field programs are keeping change in the family.
Jacob Sussman, who had been serving as Eagle assistant cross country coach/assistant track and field coach/director of track and field operations, has been named AU head cross country coach. Sussman will continue in his other two capacities, as well.
"The distance program at Ashland has seen its fair share of success, and I want to keep that going," Sussman said. "The freshman class that is coming in has a lot of talent and a lot of fire to succeed. That, combined with our returners, I think this program is moving in a fantastic direction that I am glad to be a part of.
"One goal that we have always had here at Ashland is to help our athletes become the best they can be, and I think they will do the same for me."
As head cross country coach, Sussman replaces Tom Scott, who recently was announced as the head track and field/cross country coach at Coker.
"Jacob has spent the last two years as coach Scott's assistant," said Ashland head track and field coach Jud Logan. "Prior to that, he was in the program with Trent Mack, and the combination of those two things, and goals of continuity within the distance program, made this an easy decision for our staff."
Sussman, a 2014 AU graduate, had been an Eagle assistant each of the last two seasons. As a collegiate runner, he was a three-time All-American, and was a member of three nationals-qualifying cross country teams.
Logan also announced that national-champion weight thrower Jordan Crayon will stay in the program as assistant throws coach/assistant director of track and field operations. As a junior, Crayon won an NCAA Division II national championship indoors in the weight throw, and overall as an Eagle, he was a four-time All-American.