Following a series of coaching moves effective in mid-2009, Graham enters his third season at the controls of an emerging Ashford cross country program this fall while contributing to the track and field team's rapid development as an assistant coach.
Graham recently completed USATF Level II Certification in Endurance over the summer of 2010, taking place in Philadelphia, Pa. He also serves as the Midwest Collegiate Conference men's and women's cross country chairman.
Graham also takes on multiple roles as an Associate USATF Racewalk Official and as an active USATF Iowa Racewalk member in addition to his responsibilities at Ashford.
In the short time Graham has taken over the Ashford program, he has overseen the development of NAIA National Championship qualifiers, Andrew Drinkall and Doug Powers. Four student-athletes under his guidance have reached the record books with top-10 performances and two teams have been noted with plenty of Academic All-MCC selections.
In the track and field season Coach Graham oversees the 800-meter through marathon runners and also serves as the racewalk coach. Graham has been a part of 13 school records, three conference records and numerous all-conference performance/academic accolades, while at Ashford. He also has had eight qualifiers at the NAIA National Championships in track & field in the past two seasons, including an NAIA All-American performance.
Graham brings a successful background to the Saints' programs where he was last a Head Girls' Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach in Brooksville, Fla., at Nature Coast Tech High School.
also started the cross-country squads from scratch while serving as a physical
education and health instructor at Brooksville
Elementary School in Florida.
Graham also coached at BGM Community Schools (Brooklyn, Iowa), Northern University Schools (Cedar Falls, Iowa) and Grace Christian Schools (Hudson, Fla.).
Graham participated in track and field and cross country while at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, graduating in 2004. Graham is currently listed as a top 10 performer all-time in the 10,000-meter run at Northwestern. He pursued a second degree at the University of Northern Iowa and ran with the UNI Track Club in 2006.
Graham resides in Clinton with his wife, Carolyn, and his sons, Noah and Emerson.
|#||Name||Cl.||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||High School / Previous|
|Rafael Crisosto||JR||5-4||126||Franklin Park, Ill.||West Leyden|
|Alex Gonzales||FR||5-8||119||West Allis, Wis.||West Allis Central|
|Aleksander Jakobsen||JR||5-11||137||Rock Island, Ill.||Rock Island|
|Patrick McClain||JR||5-11||170||Gary, Ind.||William Wirt|
|Brian Meyer||SO||6-0||154||Bloomington, Ill.||Bloomington|
|Zach Pavlich||FR||6-3||180||Davenport, Iowa||Davenport Assumption|
|Doug Powers||SR||5-7||116||Greenup, Ill.||Cumberland/Danville C.C.|
|Ray Rivera||JR||5-8||130||Franklin Park, Ill.||East Leyden|