LUBBOCK, Texas (February 24, 2011) ñ Lubbock Christian University athletic director Paul Hise announced that 2006 Lubbock Christian University Hall of Honor inductee Derek Kite will return to his alma mater and take over as the head coach for the Chaparrals and Lady Chaparrals cross country programs.
was an outstanding student-athlete and tremendous competitor while at LCU
experience as an elite athlete and coach over the last 15 years will be a huge asset as he
takes our cross country program to the next level.
will not only be able to give our student-athletes an incredible amount of knowledge and training, but will also be a great Christian example for them as well.
We are very glad to welcome he
wife Valerie and their two children back into the LCU Athletic family.î
Derek Kite, a collegiate standout and former professional runner, joins the LCU Athletic Department from York College (Neb.), where he served as the head menís and womenís track and cross country coach since the 2009-10 season.
A two-time Olympic Trials competitor in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase (competing in both 1996 and 2000), Kite
was the 2003 USAT Rookie Duathlete of the Year (running/cycling) and ranked No.1 in the nation.
competed in several Duathlon World Championships and finished as a three-time top-American finisher and was sixth overall at the 2007 World Championships in Hungary.
also competed in numerous triathlons as a professional (running/cycling/swimming), winning five in 2003.
enjoyed an illustrious high school career in California where he
won state in the mile (4:13) in 1990 and was on the No.1 ranked cross country team in the nation.
Running for Lubbock Christian University
was part of a four-time National Championship Cross Country Team and turned in the fourth best time in nationals his
earned 14 All-American honors at LCU
including the Indoor three-mile National Champion and the Outdoor 3,000-meter Steeplechase National Champion in 1994.
In 2006, he
was inducted into the LCU Hall of Fame
After earning his B.S. degree in Biology at LCU, Kite coached the men's cross country team at Pepperdine University for 3 seasons (1995-1997).
wife Valerie have two young children, Jacob and Shealyn.
He will begin his recruiting efforts immediately and will join the Chaps staff in July.
The move with Kite joining the department allows Kite to serve as a full-time coach with the program, as they expand scholarships to strengthen the program.