Courtesy of NIU Sports Information
DEKALB, Ill. -- Greg Hipp, a nine-year veteran of collegiate cross country and track and field coaching, was named Northern Illinois University's new head women's cross country coach Tuesday by Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. Hipp has spent the last seven years as the head cross country coach at Missouri State University.
"What Greg brings to the table is that he is a former athlete, so he understands what it is like to compete and to win," said Compher. "As a relatively young coach he has taken a program, in a conference somewhat similar to ours, to a conference championship. That is what our goals are for this program and that is why he was a top candidate for us throughout the process. We are glad that he chose to come here to help us win championships. We believe we can be successful here because it is a sport in which we are in a region filled with talent and I know that Greg will work hard to get to know our community and our entire region and attract talented student-athletes to our program."
With the hiring of Hipp to lead the cross country program, NIU has promoted Track and Field Head Coach Connie Teaberry to the title of Director of Track and Field.
"We are very excited to have Greg Hipp joining our staff from Missouri State," said Teaberry. "We think he will be a great addition to the program and our young ladies are already communicating with him. In the years to come we believe that Coach Hipp will be capable of taking our cross country and distance program to great heights. We welcome him to NIU and we know that with his dedication and hard work he will make the University proud."
"Coach Hipp is very active within USA Track and Field and the coaches association," said Teaberry. "He is very knowledgeable about our sport and sits on a number of boards within the track and field community. His knowledge will help our program reach another level and his visibility will also be a benefit to our program on a national level."
Hipp has been a member of the USA Track and Field Cross Country Running Council since 2003 and also served on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Cross Country Executive Committee as the Midwest Region Coaches Representative since 2006.
"Northern Illinois is a program with tremendous potential and the facilities are outstanding," said Hipp. "The resources that we need to have a successful program are all here and there is tremendous talent in this area. Working with Connie Teaberry and Jeff Compher is a great opportunity and I am looking forward to it."
"The first thing I want to do is to work with the current group of ladies and help them establish a great team culture, help them understand what they are capable of and reach their potential," said Hipp. "That will lead to good recruiting, but the first thing is to get the current team bought into the vision for the program and then we will get out and bring in some talent to join what we already have."
After joining the Missouri State staff as a cross country and track and field assistant coach in 2003, Hipp was elevated to head cross country coach in 2004. In his first season as head coach, the Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference championship and Hipp was named MVC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. In his seven seasons as head coach, the Missouri State women's cross country team finished in the top-three of the MVC six times.
In his time at Missouri State, the Bears have won five Missouri Valley Conference championships and student-athletes coached by Hipp have broken every school record in cross country as well as every track and field mark between 1,500 and 10,000 meters.
During his coaching career, Hipp has helped 118 student-athletes earn all-conference honors, including 31 individual conference champions. He has guided athletes to 15 NCAA national qualifying performances and eight NCAA Cross Country All-Region honors.
Hipp competed collegiately at Appalachian State University where, as a member of the cross country and track and field teams, he was a member of six Southern Conference championship teams. He began his coaching career at Appalachian State in 2002, helping the men's and women's cross country programs earn Southern Conference championships before moving on to Missouri State.
He received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Appalachian State in 2002 and earned his master's in physical education from Missouri State in 2004.