George Fox Athletic Director Adam Puckett has announced the hiring of Collin Cram as the interim assistant coach of the George Fox men’s and women’s cross country teams upon the start of the 2018 season.
Cram comes to George Fox after spending the last six seasons at NCAA Division I Oregon State University. Cram joined the Beavers prior to the 2012-13 academic year and helped make an impact as a jumps and multi-event assistant for the cross country and track programs. Cram served under head coach Kelly Sullivan in the cross country program and was vital to the team’s success over the years.
"I am super excited to name Collin as interim assistant coach of cross country and distance [events],” Puckett said. “Collin's personality and past experience is well suited to move the program forward."
Pole vaulters coached by Cram set the school indoor and outdoor records and scored at the Pacific-12 Conference Championships during the 2016 season.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to coach cross country and track and field at George Fox University,” Cram said. “I must thank Athletic Director Adam Puckett and head coach John Smith for inviting me into the Bruin family. After coaching in Oregon over the last several years, I started to realize how special the track and field team is at George Fox. The program is known for its winning tradition and Christ-centered foundation, making it second to none. I have dreamed of this day, and am truly honored to be a part of such an amazing program.”
A native of Florence, Oregon, Cram is a highly decorated multi-event athlete, who prior to his time at OSU spent two years coaching at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. Cram tutored all-state performers in the jumps (triple jump, long jump, high jump, pole vault), multis (decathlon, heptathlon) and javelin. Under Cram’s guidance, Jaci Powell was a two-time California Community College state champion (2011-12) in the heptathlon who also placed seventh at the 2011 Junior Heptathlon in Eugene (4804 points). Powell also set the school record for the Rustlers in the triple jump (38 feet, 7 inches).
While at Golden West College, Cram also coached the 2011 California Community College seventh-place heptathlete, Tailor Dunigan (4090), in addition to helping 1984 Olympic coach Dave Rodda teach post-collegiate multi-event athletes.
Prior to coaching, Cram was a two-time Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) decathlon champion (2006-07) while at Lane Community College in Eugene. In 2006, he was named NWAACC Most Outstanding Athlete, and 2007 saw him earn recognition as the NWAACC Field Athlete of the Year. He placed at the NWAACC Championships 11 times in the pole vault, long jump, javelin, 110-meter high hurdles, 4X100 relay and the decathlon. Cram was also a nine-time NWAACC All-American.
After competing at Lane Community College, Cram attended Long Beach State, where he placed third in the Big West decathlon in 2008. An All-Big West performer, Cram was also a conference qualifier in the pole vault and long jump. He placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 23-02.50 and had a runner-up finish in the javelin with a season-best of 186-4 at the Big West Challenge in 2008.
Cram was a two-sport star in football and track and field at Siuslaw High School in Florence, Oregon.
In football, he was a first-team all-state wide receiver and a third-team all-state defensive back. In his senior season, he scored 20 touchdowns (16 receiving), had 949 receiving yards, and played in the 2004 East/West All-Star Shrine Game.
In track, he was the Class 3A pole vault champion in 2004; placed in the 110 high hurdles, long jump, pole vault and 300 intermediate hurdles at the state meet a total of eight times; and was an Oregon 3A High Point Scorer.
Cram also played football at the University of Oregon during the 2004 season.