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Cheromei Hired as Liberty Assistant Track/XC Coach

August 20, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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David Cheromei

David Cheromei

Liberty cross country and track & field will welcome David Cheromei back this season, as head coach Brant Tolsma announced Cheromei's hiring as an assistant cross country/track & field coach.

Cheromei, who will primarily work with the men's distance runners, previously served as Liberty's cross country/track & field graduate assistant between 2007-09. During that time, Josh McDougal became the Flames' first NCAA Division I men's cross country national champion in 2007 and Sam Chelanga earned the first three All-America honors of his tenure at Liberty.

"We are excited to have David and his family back at Liberty," stated Tolsma. "His love for people and his heart for serving them in the name of the Lord, combined with his experience as a high-level runner and working with high-level athletes, give us the expectation that he will help advance the mission of Liberty track & field and cross country."

A native of Eldoret, Kenya, Cheromei founded and has been operating the Grace of God Children's Project, along with his wife, Laurel. The non-profit organization provides education, spiritual teaching and basic needs for orphans and needy children in Kenya. The project is currently providing care and education for 17 children in Eldoret.

As a competitor, Cheromei specialized in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, posting a personal-best time of 8:21. He captured the 2004 NJCAA steeplechase title during his lone year at Butler Community College, before notching three NAIA steeplechase crowns in a row (2005-07) for Virginia Intermont. Cheromei was a top-20 finisher in the steeplechase at the 2008 Kenya Olympic Trials.

In total, Cheromei won 10 NAIA individual national titles during his three years at Virginia Intermont and was the Men's Outstanding Performer at the 2006 and 2007 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He also helped Virginia Intermont claim three consecutive NAIA men's cross country national team titles between 2004 and 2006.

Cheromei fared well on the local running scene during his previous time in Lynchburg. He was the back-to-back Virginia Ten Miler champion in 2007 and 2008 and finished second in his marathon debut at the 2007 Richmond Marathon.