David Cheromei is entering his first year as head cross country/track & field coach at Emory & Henry College. He will oversee all aspects of the cross country and track & field programs.
A native of Eldoret, Kenya, Cheromei - also known as Coach Zion - most recently served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Cheromei was responsible for creating the training program for both teams. He also assisted with day-to-day operations including academic advising for both squads.
Cheromei was a highly-decorated collegiate distance runner winning 10 NAIA national titles, including three-straight championships in his specialty, the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He became the third runner in NAIA history to capture three-consecutive steeplechase crowns and set a meet record (8:40.03) as a senior in 2007.
While at Virginia Intermont, Cheromei was a part of a men's cross country squad that won three-consecutive NAIA team titles (2004-06). He was the individual national champion in 2006.
In indoor track & field, Cheromei took home the 2005 national championship in the 5,000 meters and won the 3,000-meter crown in both 2006 and 2007. He was also a part of VI’s champion distance medley relay squad in 2006.
Cheromei has spent the past five years as the founder and director of management for Grace of God’s Children’s Project. The organization assists children with education opportunities, spiritual teaching and basic needs for orphans and needy children in Kaptagat, Kenya.