Eric Crumpecker enters his sophomore campaign as the head coach of the Southeast Missouri State track and field and cross country programs. The 2009-2010 season will mark his 19th season as a member of the Southeast program after serving as an assistant and throws coach for the previous 17 years.
Announced as head coach on May 14, 2008 after Hall of Fame coach Joey Haines retired after 26 years at the helm, Crumpecker immediately made his presence felt in the program in his first season.
Both the men's and women's team placed second at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The two teams combined for six OVC indoor titles and took home three of the OVC's six individual postseason awards including Male Field Athlete of the Year, Male Freshman of the Year and Female Freshman of the Year.
The outdoor season yielded the same type of success as the women's team once again finished second at the OVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the men placed third overall after a strong first day of competition.
The two teams combined to win eight individual titles. Six of those titles came in the throwing events as the men and women each won the javelin, shot put and discus crowns. That accomplishment marked the first time that an OVC team combined to win all six individual throwing titles in an outdoor championship.
The successful outdoor season garnered two individual postseason honors with Brandon Colbert being named the OVC Outdoor Male Field Athlete of the Year and Ashley Brewer taking home the OVC Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year award.
Crumpecker had five athletes compete in the NCAA Mid-East Regional Track Championships with javelin thrower Samantha Espiricueta placing second and qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her finish was the best by a Southeast student-athlete since the 2005 regionals and she became the first student-athlete from the women's team to compete at the national meet since 2002.
His team's success on the track parlayed into success in the classroom as both the men's and women's cross country teams garnered USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Awards. The men's team finished 19th nationally with a 3.38 cumulative GPA. This past summer the women's track and field team received USTFCCCA All-Academic team accolades with distance runner Juli Koenegstein selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. Senior distance runner Amy Warren became the program's seventh Academic All-American and first since the 2006 season when she was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American Third Team.
During his years as a Southeast assistant, working primarily with the field events, Crumpecker was a part of 20 OVC team titles, coached 74 OVC individual champions, 131 OVC all-conference performers, six OVC "Track Athletes of the Year," four NCAA national finalists, 12 NCAA provisional qualifiers, 26 NCAA regional qualifiers and five regional finalists. He coached Southeast athletes to 11 school records and three OVC records.
A native of Union, Mo., Crumpecker is a USATF Level 1 certified coach. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Science in Administration from Southeast Missouri. As a collegiate athlete, Crumpecker was a starting lineman for UMR football team and earned All-MIAA honors in the shot and discus for the Miners' track team. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Jackson, Mo. and have a one-year old daughter, Ella.