ATHENS, Ohio – After his second year as a graduate assistant coach with the Ohio running program, Ian Kellogg was promoted to Assistant Cross Country, Distance Coach as announced by head coach Sarah Pease.
“I’m really excited to promote Ian,” said Pease. “He is highly passionate, driven and really cares about our student athletes. He did a great job with our distance athletes last year and I look forward to continuing to build the program with him”.
Last season, Kellogg helped to coach Josh Park to All-Region honors after finishing 24th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship. Additionally, Kellogg assisted Park in setting the 8k school record with a time of 23:32.
At the MAC Championships, the men’s cross country team finished in fourth with their lowest combined point total since 2016 while the women finished top-five for the first time since 2013. Together, the teams achieved the highest combined finish since 2014.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Coach Pease and the athletic department for the opportunity to continue to work with the cross country / track and field teams here in Athens. I’m excited to be a part of such a motivated staff, and I am confident that this program can find high-level success within the conference and beyond. “
In his first season with the Bobcats, Kellogg assisted with the women’s cross country team, guiding them to a sixth place finish at the MAC Championships. During this race, Hailey Bowes was named second-team All-MAC for her performance.
Prior to Ohio, Kellogg served as the graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s distance programs at Purdue Northwest University during the 2019-20 academic year. While his time at PNW was cut short due to COVID-19, Kellogg gained experience in developing and implementing training plans, recruiting prospective student-athletes, and hosting the 2019 GLIAC Cross Country Championship meet. Additionally, he led two athletes to school record-setting performances.
While earning his undergraduate degree from Otterbein University, Kellogg served as a three-time team captain for the Cardinals in both cross country and track & field. He was a four-time national qualifier at the Division III level – twice in cross country, once in the 3000m steeplechase, and another as a member of the distance medley relay, where he anchored his squad to All-American honors with an 8th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
In the fall of 2018, Kellogg helped guide the Cardinal cross country team to its first conference title since 2004, en route to the team’s first bid to the NCAA Championship meet in over two decades. Additionally, Kellogg garnered numerous Academic All-American awards throughout his career – graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors in the classroom.
Kellogg earned his bachelor’s degree English and recently received his Master’s in Coaching Education from Ohio University.