Courtesy of GoMastodons.com
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Aaron Combs has been named the head coach of the men's and women's cross country programs at Purdue Fort Wayne, Mastodon Cross Country/Track & Field Director Alex Carradine announced on Friday (September 6).
"When it came down to hiring a new cross country coach, it became very clear that Coach Combs amplified the strengths of our current staff," Carradine said. "He is highly passionate, he's driven, he's methodical in the way that he works, he understands the goals of our team, he wants to help build and create a legacy, we believe he'll be an excellent recruiter and we see him as the final piece of the puzzle for us building a championship program."
Combs served as the assistant coach for track & field and cross country at Queens University of Charlotte. He began at Queens as a graduate student-athlete, moved to a volunteer coaching position and most recently got promoted to assistant coach (2016-2019). During his time at Queens, he helped lead the men's cross country team to two top-ten team finishes at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships. In 2018, he led the women's cross country program to a top-ten finish at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships as well. Combs led 11 individuals to become SAC champions. Combs also produced video content for Queens Track & Field YouTube channel and served as a liaison between brand representatives in the purchase of athletic gear.
Prior to becoming an assistant coach at Queens, Combs also was a Distance Counselor at the Queens University Cross Country Camp for the summer of 2017 and 2018.
Combs was also a track runner at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he qualified for the NCAA Division I National Championships in the 800 meter and as the anchor for the 4x400 relay team. The relay team also won the Colonial Athletic Association title.