SALINE, MI – Eileen Creutz, two-time cross country state champion, is returning to lead the girls cross country program. Creutz has spent the last three years working under former head coach, Carl Spina, overseeing the girls varsity runners. Spina steps aside to return his focus full-time to the boys team, after overseeing both programs following the retirement of Mike Smith in 2015.
Eileen followed up an incredible high school career, earning two state championships and multiple all-state and All-American finishes. After high school, Eileen continued her running career at the University of Michigan before ultimately transferring to Grand Valley State. While at GVSU, Creutz was a key member of a program that won the NCAA Division 2 2010 Cross Country Championship, 2011 Indoor Track & Field Championship, and 2011 Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
Creutz is excited to lead the program that defined so much of her life and was appreciative for the leadership that came before her, “Coaching at the place where my running career was kick-started has always been a dream of mine and I look forward to honoring the legacy of the coaches that came before me. I am thankful to Coach Smith who founded the program and instilled in me the passion to coach and lead a new generation of runners. I would also like to thank Coach Spina for the work he put into the program over the last 3 years to maintain it’s level of success and look forward to working with him next year.”