Lyndonville, VT - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon has named Hayden Bunnell its new Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach. Bunnell, who also serves as Lyndon's Head Track and Field Coach, succeeds longtime Hornet coach Chris Ummer, who retired from the post in February and was recently named Head Cross Country Coach at Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta.
Bunnell had served as Lyndon's Assistant Cross Country Coach since 2015. He also served as the Co-Head Coach of the Hornet track and field team for the program's innaugural season in 2017, and became the Head Coach in 2018.
A standout runner, Bunnell is a graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy and Colby-Sawyer College. At Colby-Sawyer, he was a four time North Atlantic Conference 1st Team All-Conference selection, and was the NAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2011. He was also a three time All-New England selection and two time All-ECAC selection in track and field.
Bunnell shared these thoughts on taking over the Lyndon program: "I am happy to receive this position as Head Coach of this accomplished program. I have been wanting for a while to have the opportunity to be the Head Coach of a Cross Country program, and now that I have received this opportunity, I cannot wait to help guide this team to success that it can potentially have. I would like to thank Chris Ummer for bringing me on board as an Assistant Coach. In the past 4 seasons helping out with this team, I have learned a lot from Chris. From my experience in the sport and what I learned from helping out with this program, I feel confident to take on this role."
NVU-Lyndon Director of Athletics Chris Gilmore remarked "We are happy that we are able to extend Hayden's duties to include becoming the head coach of both of our Cross Country programs. He has demonstrated a commitment to the personal and academic growth of both our track and field athletes and our cross-country athletes over the last four years. Hayden is dedicated to working with our athletes to help them achieve their best performances on the track or on the cross country courses of New England. The University is excited about the enthusiasm and direction that Hayden will bring to the future of the program."
Ummer expressed confidence in his former assistant. "Hayden is a student of the sport and has great knowledge of distance training and racing. You could say its in the family as both of his brothers competed at a high level. Hayden is committed to making coaching distance runners a life long profession. I have no doubt that he'll be very successful."
Bunnell earned a Bachelor's degree and coaching certification from Colby-Sawyer in 2015. He also holds USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching Certification. He will make his debut as Hornet head coach this fall.