Head Coach - ian cumming
Ian Cumming is the new Men’s Head Cross Country Coach for the SDCC Knights.
Cumming started his coaching career at Cal Lutheran College with an undefeated season in cross country. He began teaching and coaching at Hilltop High in Chula Vista where he coached two boys’ San Diego CIF championship teams and had a girls’ team ranked # 1 in the state for much of the season. He has also coached at Bonita Vista H.S. and Otay Ranch.
In total, Cumming has been a head coach for 35 years in track & field and 40 years in cross country. At Bonita Vista, Cumming’s Girls’ XC Teams won eight of 10 cross country championships. In 13 years at Otay Ranch, Coach Cumming's last high school, his teams won 4 Girls’ XC (48 wins & 17 losses), eight boys XC (60 & 5), eight Girls’ Track (81 & 11), and 10 Boys’ Track league championships (89 & 10), as well as finishing second twice in Boys’ San Diego CIF XC championships.
Overall, Cumming’s teams have won 34 league cross country titles in 40 years and 32 track league championships in 35 years.
Coach Cumming has also had the privilege of coaching many league and San Diego CIF individual champions in both cross country and track & field. This is in addition to five athletes whom he has coached to Masters and/or Sub-Master’s National Track Championships.
Cumming competed at Orange Glen High School. He then competed at Palomar College in cross country and track, helping the cross country team to a third place finish at the state championships, while finishing 7th individually in 20:07 for 4-miles. At Palomar, Cumming met the best of his many quality coaches, Mike Curran, who was instrumental in changing Cumming’s competitive success and life while laying the way for Cumming’s positive views towards coaching young student-athletes.
After college, Cumming continued to compete and won three U.S. National Masters’ Championships in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, along with 2-4 x 800 Relay U.S. National Championships and was a member of the Jamul Toads Master’s National Championship cross country team.
assistant head Coach - Jim cerveny
Jim Cerveny is one of the best cross country and track & field coaches to ever coach in San Diego. He has worked with Coach Cumming for the previous 13 years at Otay Ranch High. Before that, Cerveny had many coaching stops along the way. He got his start at Kearny High School before moving to Morse High where, as the head track & field coach, he led the Tigers to county dominance.
His Morse team was one of the top ranked teams in California and won several San Diego CIF championships with perennial championships in sprints and relays. From Morse, Cerveny moved to Lincoln, another sprint power. Coach Cerveny left Lincoln to become a coach at San Diego State and in a few years was named the head track & field coach there. While at SDSU, Cerveny led many women’s distance groups to international championship events, most notably the Eikeden Relay in Japan and Brazil.
Cerveny has also helped escort and coach many high school student-athletes on international competitive trips during the summers. After leaving SDSU, Cerveny returned to Lincoln before becoming the first men’s and women’s track coach at Cuyamaca Community College and then the women’s XC Coach at San Diego Mesa.
Athletically, Cerveny switched from baseball to track at Mission Bay High, where he won the state meet in the half-mile and set a time of 1:52.7 which stood as the 800/1/2 mile record at Mission Bay for 52 years. After graduating from Occidental College, he became the U.S.A. National Half-Mile Champion and set a best of 1:48.4 for 880 yards on a dirt track.
Coach Cerveny obviously has great experience to help in mentoring the student-athletes of the SDCC cross country program.