|Title:||Director of Cross Country and Track & Field|
An institution within Belmont Athletics, Jeff Langdon enters his 21st year as Belmont's head coach for the men's cross country and track & field teams. Belmont annually runs in some of the most competitive and prestigious meets in the nation, ranking among the top programs in the USTFCCCA South Region. Since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference in the fall of 2001, Belmont University has become synonymous with cross country success. Under Langdon's leadership, BU won a staggering six consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Championships from 2002-07. In 2010, the Bruins finished as the A-Sun Runners-Up, while Hilary Cheruiyot gave Belmont a first team all-conference honoree for the 10th straight year.
During the Bruins' 2007 championship campaign, the team had four out of the top eight finishers, including individual champion, Kipkosgei Magut. Four Bruins were named All-Atlantic Sun and Hillary Cheruiyot earned A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors. Langdon was also named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year for a sixth time. Undoubtly, since the program's move to Division I almost a decade ago, the men's cross country program has been a model of consistency. In addition to his conference titles, Langdon's teams have finished in the top-12 at the NCAA South Regional each of the past 11 years. All told, Langdon has produced five NCAA Championship qualifiers, 13 All-Region runners and 37 All-Atlantic Sun performers.
Adding to the team's competitive success, they have also excelled in the classroom. This past year, 12 Bruin runners earned Academic All-Conference distinction. During the 2005 and 2007 seasons, the program had the highest team grade point average in Division I according to the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. Additionally, the squad is annually among the nation's highest team grade-point averages.
The BU track and field program has also emerged under Langdon's direction, and is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history. Thrower Joe Frye earned multiple individual event championships at the indoor and outdoor conference meets, and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regionals. The Bruin indoor team finished in a school-best second place at the 2007 A-Sun Indoor Championship, highlighted by Hillary Cheruiyot earning meet Most Outstanding Performer honors. In all, Belmont won five individual titles. The high level of competition carried into the outdoor season, as BU once again earned a program-best finish, this time third. Belmont had four individual champions, most notably Kipkosgei Magut winning the 800 meters and earning two seconds en route to his second consecutive Most Outstanding Track Performer award. Magut, Ryan Snellen, and Jacob Buckman also qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in the 5,000 meters.
For Langdon, coaching is a natural extension from his competitive days at Belmont where he ran from 1979-83. He was an outdoor track All-American in the marathon, an Academic All-American and the 1982 District 24 Individual Champion in the marathon. Langdon was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in September of 1994.
A native of Fairfield, Ohio, Jeff and his wife Kelly, also a Belmont graduate, have one daughter, Jenna.