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Gall Named Head Coach
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 12/06/2011
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker has announced the hiring of Ben Gall as the Lancers' new cross country/distance track head coach.

Gall has spent the past 10 years as the associate head cross country/track coach at Northwest Nazarene University, an NCAA Division II institution in Nampa, Idaho. He was the head cross country coach.

"Ben brings a wealth of experience and is a great fit for the mission of CBU athletics," said Parker. "We are really excited about the future of our cross country and distance track programs. Our desire is to be a factor in the West region when we are eligible in the fall of 2013."

This past year, Gall led the Crusaders' men's team to a fifth place finish out of 17 teams at the NCAA Division II West Region Championships, narrowly missing out on a berth to the national championships by one spot. It was the best finish in program history. Individually, Barak Watson earned All-American honors, finishing eighth as an individual at the national championships.

The Crusader women finished 13th out of 24 in the region meet.

During his time in Nampa, Gall helped coach two national champions, 17 All-Americans, 16 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) champions, 45 All-GNAC recipients, 21 Scholar-Athletes and 110 Academic All-Conference honorees.

Perhaps most notably, Gall coached Ashley Puga to NCAA Division II titles in the 800 meters at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in 2009. She also ran the sixth fastest time ever for an NCAA Division II athlete at the Mt. SAC Relays. She went on to earn 2009 NCAA Division II track athlete of the year and was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year.

"I am excited to join the CBU team and continue building the cross country and track teams as they prepare to compete with the best DII teams in the country," said Gall. "There is a strong foundation in place with both teams coming off great cross country seasons. That foundation along with the strong history at CBU provides a unique opportunity for athletes to have a chance to compete for championships while also learning to draw closer to Christ and deepen their relationship with him. I am most excited about the chance to be able to coach in an environment where success is seen as a way of honoring Christ."

A 2002 graduate of Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Ore., Gall earned his bachelor's in psychology and then completed his master's in elementary education in 2003 at Eastern Oregon. He is ABD (all but dissertation) on his Ph.D. in educational leadership and management from Capella University, expected to finish in 2012.

Gall, who also is an assistant professor of kinesiology at NNU, holds a USATF Level Endurance Coach certification.

In 2007, Gall was elected to the Nampa School Board. He was a kindergarten teacher for the Notus School District from 2003-06, and he has also served as a camp speaker and coach at numerous Fellowship of Christian Athletes camps across the country.

Interim Head Coach Sean Henning will remain on staff as the assistant coach.


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