By Caleb Scott
ADA — The Ohio Northern track and field program added another asset to its successful staff as Molly Cummings has been named an assistant coach for the Polar Bears.
Cummings joins the Polar Bears after a 3-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Marian (Ind.) University, where she coached the hurdlers and was also responsible for the fall training of all sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.
During her three seasons at Marian, Cummings guided Taylor Killings to two National Championship titles in the Indoor 60-meter hurdles and one National Championship title in the Outdoor 110-meter hurdles.
While at Marian, she also helped oversee three Crossroads League Championship titles for the men's team and the first ever League title for the women's team in program history.
She helped 18 other student-athletes qualify for the National meet in the sprints, hurdle, javelin and combined-events and 15 of those student-athletes to break Marian school records.
Prior to her stint at Marian, Cummings served as the graduate assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands University for two years where she served as the hurdles and combined events coach, while also guiding high jump and pole vault.
She coached two All-Americans during her time at New Mexico Highlands University, in the long jump and 200-meter dash, while also guiding 14 National qualifiers in the pentathlon, heptathlon, sprint hurdles, pole vault and high jump. Cummings left NMHU with her Masters of Arts in Sports Administration in 2014.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Anderson University (Ind.), Cummings began her coaching career serving as an assistant coach for the Ravens from 2008-2009 in the horizontal jumps. She also served as an assistant coach at Marian from 2009-2010 where she helped with sprints, hurdles and jumps.
She is USATF Level II certified in throws, combined events, sprints, hurdles and relays.
"The opportunity to join this tremendous and dedicated coaching staff at Ohio Northern University thrills me to no end as I have always carried much respect for this program, the Ohio Athletic Conference and the student-athletes that accomplish so much in both their academics and athletics at ONU," said Cummings. "Having grown up in this area as well, it feels great to return and be a part of the continued ascension of a program with such a strong tradition. I am very thankful to Coach Maus and the rest of the coaching staff for extending me this opportunity."
"We are very excited to add Molly to our staff," said head coach Jason Maus. "She brings valuable experience, enthusiasm, and perspective to our program and coaching staff. She has tremendous experience coaching hurdles and sprints, and we are looking forward to building upon the success of our sprinters and hurdlers."