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 their third season of track. The women's cross country team accomplished NCCAA Scholar Team Award for having over a 3.0 average team GPA, only .03 away from having the highest team GPA out of any team in the NCCAA. Coach Brooker also lead the Lady Rams to Nationals each of the first four seasons and looks to do so again this year. The Lady Rams look to continue to grow their track program this coming year as well.
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 locally running 1:54 for the 800 this 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.
Raena HanninkAssistant Coach
Raena Hannink is entering her first year coaching for the Rams in 2016.
Hannink is no stranger to the CIU campus or the cross country team as she ran for the Rams the past four years and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Bible and Psychology. She was a varsity runner all four years and was one of the first four year athletes. With being one of the first four year athletes, she also ran on the inaugural cross country team where she met her fiance and former runner Blake Tindle. Hannink was an All-Region selection her senior year and had a personal record time of 21:55.
In addition to helping with the cross country team, she is currently the Campus Visit Coordinator for CIU Admissions. Hannink had this to say about coaching, "I am excited to invest in this team that I got the privilege to help build. Relationships on this team are vital to having a successful season and a flourishing semester spiritually, academically, and emotionally. These runners and this ministry are near and dear to my heart."
Alexis ZwillingAssistant Coach
Alexis Zwilling is entering her first year coaching for the Rams in 2016.
Zwilling transferred to CIU from Erskine college. Before this year Zwilling was a three year runner for the Rams and graduated with a degree in psychology. Throughout her time at CIU Zwilling set a school and personal record of 19:40 at USC-Beaufort and has the nine fastest times in the history of womens cross country. She also won the Toccoa Falls Invitational in 2015 and was place second in the region for 2014 and 2015, earning All-Region Performer both seasons.
In high school she was a member of the soccer and cross country teams. She was fortunate enough to win the state championship in both sports.
In addition to helping coach the cross country team, she will be pursuing her certificate in paralegal studies.