Torres Takes Lead with Crimson Wave Cross Country/Track & Field Program
The Calumet College of St. Joseph athletic department announces the hire of Rick Torres
as its new head men’s and women’s cross country/track & field coach. Torres arrives to CCSJ after 12 years at Andrean High School where he served the same coaching position and Dean of Students for the private Catholic school in Merrillville, IN. Prior to his time at Andrean he has another decade of coaching experience within the sport of cross country/track & field at Bishop Noll High School in Hammond, IN.
“Coach Torres comes to CCSJ at a very opportune time and his extensive experience within the sport of cross country/track & field will provide our student-athletes with a continued quality collegiate experience while adding more professional depth to our athletic department,” states Athletic Director Peter Haze Haring.
Enthusiastically Torres says, “I want the student-athletes at CCSJ to know that I want to expand on the good things the previous two coaches have already set in place. My ultimate goal is to build a quality program where the student-athletes, upon completion of their academic and athletic careers, will leave knowing they exercised all of their God given talents while working through the obstacles to become better athletes, but more importantly, better people for the future.”
Torres becomes the sixth head coach for the Crimson Wave since the program’s inception in 2005. He will take over for Rachel Luehrs who is stepping down from the head coaching position to pursue her PhD. at the University of Iowa in Health and Human Physiology.
According to Haring, “Rachel provided a stable foundation for our cross country/track & field program during her short time with CCSJ. She is a strong young professional who has an opportunity to follow her career path and earn her doctorate from a great program at the University of Iowa. I wish her all the best success and grateful for her positive attitude and dedicate work ethic for our athletic department.”
During Coach Torres career he has prepared multiple teams, both men and women, to achieve high level of success within competition and in the classroom. In cross country he has led his teams to multiple conference, sectional, regional and semi-state championships while also reaching the IHSAA State Boys Finals in multiple occasions. The list of individual state qualifiers in boys and girls track & field is numerous. His female teams finished 3rd in the IHSAA State Finals in 1999 and in the following year the team had another impressive State Finals finish at 5th place overall.
Coach Torres continues to elaborate, “I have always aspired to coach at the collegiate level, the opportunity was there and it didn't take me long to accept this position especially after talking to Athletic Director Peter Haze Haring and President Lowery. They believe in me and I believe in their mission to continue to create an atmosphere where student-athletes come first. I also want to share my faith with those I will encounter as long as I am here. I am very excited about this opportunity and can't wait to get started with the cross country team in the fall along with all of the student-athletes in the track & field program.”
“Overall Coach Torres has a well-rounded philosophy that I feel will benefit our student-athletes greatly,” says Haring. He goes one to state, “CCSJ is very fortunate to have someone of Rick’s caliber. He is well respected within the cross country/track & field community and I believe he will make an immediate positive impact to our Crimson Wave program.”
Paterson Named CCAC Coach of the Year
Head Men’s Cross Country Coach Kevin Paterson was named CCAC Coach of the Year today after the men’s cross country team took third overall at the 2014 CCAC Cross Country Championships.
Paterson led the Crimson Wave to a fifth place finish at the Saint Twilight Invitational to open the season and a second place finish at the Crimson Wave Invitational a week later. CCSJ grabbed sixth overall at the Fighting Bee Invitational in Bettendorf, IA in October.
"It was a huge honor to win coach of the year I think it shows how far our program has come in such a short time. I have a great support system with my assistant coaches and athletes that have bought into the program 100% we wouldn't be successful without them. Yesterday was a very humbling experience and I couldn't be more excited about the future of our program." said Head Coach Kevin Paterson
CCSJ improved their finish from the 2013 CCAC XC Championships where they finished fifth overall.
Men Cross Country Finishes 3rd at CCAC Championships
The Crimson Wave Men’s Cross Country team finished third overall today at the 2014 CCAC Cross Country Championships held at Wing Park Golf Course in Elgin, IL.
The Crimson Wave were led by a 19th place finish by Hector Lopez who finished in 26:23.71. Allen Walker took 31st overall in 27:01.05 while teammate Roger Malonda crossed the finish line in 37th with a time of 27:30.62.
Finishing in 47th place overall was Martin Chavez who posted a time of 27:54.37 while Brayan Elias was 67th finishing in 28:27.86. Miguel Flores took 70th while Jeff Potat and James Mills finished back-to-back in 94th and 95th. Deonta Pittman and Thomas Manyek finished 108th and 132nd respectively.
The Crimson Wave’s third place finish is the best in the history of the program finishing behind the Unviersity of St. Francis and Olivet Nazarene University.