ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University athletic department is excited to announce the hiring of James Diamond as its head men's and women's cross country coach. Diamond brings extensive knowledge and leadership to the Regents cross country programs after having coached and competed at the NCAA Division III level over the last six years. Diamond also holds multiple certifications, including a USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist Certification, a USTFCCCA Program Management Certification and a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification.
"We are excited to welcome Coach Diamond as Rockford University's next head men's and women's cross country coach," Director of Athletics Jason Mulligan stated. "The search committee was impressed with his passion, drive, determination and cross country acumen during the interview process, where he truly emerged as the best coach to lead the Regents Cross Country program to a bright future."
Diamond spent the last two years as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field programs at Wisconsin Lutheran College. As a member of the Warrior coaching staff, Diamond was involved in all aspects of recruiting and helped bring in the largest women's recruiting class in program history. He was also responsible for training and for writing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for all of the distance runners. During the track season, Diamond also took on the added responsibility of coaching the steeplechase. His athletes were highly successful in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, as he coached 17 NACC Medalists, two NACC Champions and one all-region performer.
"I am very excited to be named the next head men's and women's cross country coach at Rockford University," Coach Diamond stated. "I see Rockford University as a place where I can thrive and build the cross country program into something great. I would like to thank Jason Mulligan for the opportunity to lead the program and its student-athletes going forward."
Prior to his time at WLC, Diamond spent four years on the cross country and track & field teams at Carthage College, where he competed in the 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000 meter races. He holds the ninth-fastest 10K time in school history. While at Carthage, Diamond was a member of the 2016 team that finished third at the CCIW Championship, which was the best team finish in 40 years. He competed at two NCAA Division III Cross Country Regionals and seven CCIW Track & Field Championships.
While at Carthage, Diamond also coached the school's running club. Additionally, he served as a camp counselor for two years at the Nike Track & Field Camp and was a volunteer assistant for the cross country teams at Lisle High School in 2016.
Diamond earned his bachelor's degree in 2017 from Carthage College in Business Marketing. He then went on to earn his Master of Arts in Education, specializing in leadership and innovation from Wisconsin Lutheran College.
"I would also like to thank my mentors for their never ending support through this entire process," Diamond remarked. "I truly believe that there is something special about Rockford University, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I look forward to getting to work immediately and creating a team identity and culture that will lead to success both on and off the course."
The Rockford University cross country teams are set to begin their 2019 season on Friday, August 30 at the Beloit Early Bird in Roscoe, Illinois.