Joe Eby enters his second year at Sacramento State. He coaches
the cross country teams and distance events on the track.
Additionally, he serves as the program's recruiting coordinator and
assists with team travel and home event management.
In 2014, the Hornet harriers had a terrific season led by senior Rachel Mitchell. She claimed the first Big Sky Confernece title in the 5,000. This is impressive considering the event was contested at altitude. Outdoor, senior Nathanael Litwiller finished second in the men's 800 at the Big Sky meet. For the year, eight all-time top 10 marks were accomplished.
During Eby's first season with the team, the Hornet women placed fourth and the men seventh at the Big Sky Cross Country Championships. Senior Rachel Mitchell earned all-Big Sky honors after placing third — the highest finish ever by a Sacramento State athlete at the meet. The team continued to have success at the NCAA West Regional which was hosted by Sacramento State for the first time in school history. Reesey Byers placed 24th and Mitchell finished 28th.
Eby most recently served as a recruiting intern at Nebraska from 2012-13. With the Cornhuskers, he helped recruit not only nationwide but also internationally. In 2013, the men's team won the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
In 2011-12, Eby was a volunteer coach at Wichita State. His primary responsibilities included working with the cross country and distance runners as well as meet management. With the Shockers, he assisted in coaching Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton to All-America honors, the Missouri Valley Conference title and the NCAA Midwest Regional crown in cross country in 2011. She went on to become an All-American at the NCAA Indoor Championships after placing third in the 5K and seventh in the 3K. At the outdoor championships Tuliamuk-Bolton placed second in the 10K and fifth in the 5K.
From 2009-11, Eby was the head coach at McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., where was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year during his final season. That year, he led athletes to the NAIA national championships in the 800, 3K, 5K, 10K, steeplechase, high jump, pole vault and javelin. In 2010, he coached the NAIA champion in the high jump as well as an indoor All-American in the pole vault.
Prior to leading McPherson, Eby also had coaching stops as an assistant at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and as a graduate assistant at DePauw Universilty in Greencasle, Ind.
Eby graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education from Mount Union College in 2004. He added a master's degree in coaching from Indiana State in 2006. Eby also has a Level II USATF coaches certification and is a USATF official.
As a collegiate athlete, Eby was a a four-time Ohio Athletic Confernce and all-Ohio Div. III champion in the 800 and 1500. He was the all-Ohio champion in the mile and was a Div. III All-American in the indoor 1500 in 2002.