SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joe Eby has been hired as the cross country and distance coach at Sacramento State, it was announced today by Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Kathleen Raske. Eby will serve as the head cross country coach and also oversee the Hornets' middle distance and distance runners during the track season.

"We are pleased to have Coach Eby join our Hornet track family," Raske said. "He brings great energy, passion, and enthusiasm to our program and is highly regarded as a rising star in our coaching community. He will take our already established distance program and continue to build it into a one of the best not only in the Big Sky Conference, but also the west coast."

"I'm excited to come to Sacramento State and look forward to coaching with a great program," Eby said. "I really enjoyed my time with Coach Raske and the staff and it seems like a family atmosphere."

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 coached 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 coached 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.