Brent Ewing is in his second season as head coach of the Indian Hills running programs (men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field) and his fourth year of coaching at IHCC.
Ewing has enjoyed success at Indian Hills by building up the number of student-athletes in both sports and helping them to record-breaking times and distances.
He helped develop the first two All-Americans in IHCC cross country history in 2018, with Marcus Graham and Michael DeMeyer both achieving that distinction. The men finished 15th at the NJCAA national meet for the best showing in program history and had seven first-team all-region runners. The women's team was 20th at the 2016 nationals for their top finish ever.
Ewing has been a key recruiter responsible for a growing track & field roster at Indian Hills, including a 2018 class of more than 40 student-athletes.
That recruiting has paid off with the men's team winding up 9th at the NJCAA national meet last May and the women's team coming in 21st, both places the best-ever for the Warriors.
The IHCC men's team featured Kenny Bednarek, who ran world-leading times in the 200 and 400 meters, established an NJCAA record in the 200 meters outdoors, won the 200 at the Drake Relays, and became one of only two athletes ever to run under 20 seconds in the 200 and under 45 seconds in the 400 on the same day.
Ewing has coached 19 All-Americans in track and field, including two national champions. Seventy-three individuals and 14 relays have qualified for the NJCAA national championships. In 2019, IHCC had 24 academic all-region performers in track and field, the highest total in program history. The women's track and field team was named an NJCAA academic team of the year with a grade point average of over 3.0.
The IHCC head coach was one of 45 coaches invited to the USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center this past summer.
Ewing arrived at Indian Hills after serving as a graduate assistant coach in cross country and track and field at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. At Truman, he helped train six athletes in six events to 11 NCAA Division II qualifying performances and guided athletes to 20 top-three finishes at the conference championships, producing two conference champs and one national qualifier. In cross country, Truman finished fourth at the conference meet in 2016 and the men's squad had two high conference finishes, including a four-place improvement in 2014 with Ewing on the coaching staff.
Ewing earned his master's degree in leadership at Truman State and his bachelor's in health and exercise science at Central College in Pella, Ia., where he was a member of the cross country and track and field squads. He helped the Dutch to the NCAA DIII Cross Country national championships twice and Central's two highest team finishes came with Ewing on the squad. He garnered DIII all-region honors in 2012 and was a two-time all-academic selection by the USTFCCCA.
While serving as an intern at the Billings Clinic Human Performance Center in Montana Ewing created strength and conditioning programs for adult runners of various fitness levels, administered VO2 max testing and blood lactate testing, and reviewed the gait analyses of runners using DartFish.
Ewing earned a Strength and Conditioning certification from the US Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association and is a USA Track & Field Level I Certified Track and Field Coach.