Jud BrookerHead Coach
Office Phone: 803-807-5250
Judson “Jud” Brooker came to Columbia International University from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio where he served as the assistant cross country coach from 2009-2011.
CIU enters into their fifth season of cross country and third year of track. The men's cross country team has made nationals each of their first 4 years and looks to do so again in 2016. On the track CIU has continued to grow sending 2 runners to the National meet each of the first two inaugural seasons.
Brooker was a track and cross country standout as a student at Cedarville University where he majored in Physical Education. Brooker was a two-year captain of the track and cross country team, a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Champion and multiple times All-American, an American Mideastern Conference Champion in Track as well as First Team performer in cross country and track, and qualified nine times for the NAIA championships in cross country and track earning All-American honors in 2008.
Brooker still competes at a high level on the roads and the track, posting times of 1:54 in the 800 this past spring and has run several road races in the mid 15's over the last several years.
John BettisAssistant Coach/Chaplain
John "Chap" Bettis begins his first season with the Rams in 2015.
No stranger to campus, he is the assistant track coach at Ben Lippen and in the MDiv chaplaincy program here at CIU.
Bettis is a multi-sport athlete who competed at Brookland-Cayce High School in both football and track. A four-time region champion in shotput and an Upper State top three finisher, he completed his undergraduate work at Newberry College. Bettis was a four-year letterman for the Indians.
Chris AustinAssistant Coach
E-mail: Goose Creek, SC
8K -- 39:43
5K -- 29:08
400m -- 62.60
200m -- 25.00
100m -- 11.80
2014 XC: Clocked a 29:08 at the CIU 5K Invite (9/20) ... completed the SWU Invite (9/27) in 51:55 ... trimmed seven minutes off his previous time, completing the WCU Catamount Classic (10/18) in 44:27 ... completed the Toccoa Falls Invite (11/1) in 40:35 ... saved his best for last, clocking a 39:43 at the NCCAA Championships on 11/17.
2015 Track: Ran the 200m and 400m in 27.4 and 62.6, respectively, at the Palmetto Classic (3/6) ... notched a 11.80 and 25.00 in the 100 and 200 at the Shorter Invite on 3/28 ... ran a 12.49 and 25.50 at SWU on 4/11 ... part of an eighth-place 3:40.44 in the 4x400 at SWU
High School: Attended Stratford High ... played soccer for the Knights ... graduated in 2011.
Personal: Chris’ favorite verse is Psalm 23:4 ... historical figure he’d most like to meet is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ... favorite professional teams are Tottenham Spurs and L.A. Galaxy ... wants to be a music teacher and musician after CIU ... son of Sherronder Turner and Harold and Fritzi Austin.