SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana University South Bend athletics is excited to announce the hiring of the programs first men's and women's head cross country coach, Rob Carrasco as announced by Executive Director of Athletics and Activities, Steve Bruce. Carrasco will begin his head coaching duties on August 1, 2014. Cross country will not compete until the fall of 2015-16.
"I would like to thank Steve Bruce and the search committee for the chance to coach the first cross country team at IU South Bend," said Carrasco.
Rob is currently a business, accounting, and computer education teacher at Marion High School in Mishawaka and the head coach at John Glenn High School. In his five years at JGHS, Carrasco has turned the program into a contender in the South Bend area. His teams have ran to three Marshall County championships, as well as winning the Culver and Northwood Invitational. He led the Falcons to their first regional appearance since the 1980's.
"Rob will be the perfect person to start our cross country program and climb it," said Steve Bruce. "He is embedded in this area's running culture, with a great reputation, not only as a former runner, but most recently as an outstanding coach. He will be able to recruit the type of scholar/athletes that proudly represent our athletic program."
Rob was a two-time all-state cross country runner at Mishawaka High School. He was also a four-time all-conference selection as well as a sectional and regional champion. Rob is one of 14 high school runners in Indiana to break 15 minutes in the 5k with a time of 14:57. He made two appearances at the state meet, finishing as high as third place.
"I look forward to the challenge of building a team and competing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, stated Rob. "I will do my best to represent the University, the administration, faculty, students and alumni to the best of my ability in every endeavor."
Rob earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana University and his MBA from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.