Craig Fuller
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Central Michigan
Graduating Year: 1981
Experience: 20 Years
Craig Fuller
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Release: 12/11/2006

Much of Central Michigan University’s cross country and distance success can be attributed to veteran coach Craig Fuller, who serves as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach in charge of the distance events.

In his 21st season with the Chippewas, Fuller has elevated the cross country program to rank among the nation’s elite, and his distance runners have played a major role in the success of CMU’s track team.  He has served as head cross country coach for 19 seasons.

Fuller guided CMU to three consecutive Mid-American Conference cross country championships from 2002-2004, and the Chippewas have won four conference titles in the last nine years.

The 2002 cross country team posted the highest national finish in school history, placing ninth at the NCAA Championships. The 2003 team finished fourth in the strong Great Lakes Regional and took 18th at the NCAA meet. The 2004 squad placed 23rd at the national meet.

Fuller has been named MAC Coach of the Year four times — 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2004. CMU won the MAC championship all four of those years. He was also named Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year in 1999.

Fuller has guided six Chippewas to All-American status in cross country, including two-time honoree Richie Brinker. He has coached four MAC cross country  individual champions in Pat Duffy (1984), Barry Deese (1994), Brinker (1998), and Tristen Perlberg (2004).

His teams have also achieved success academically, as the cross country squad is consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally for its team GPA.       

Fuller has coached numerous MAC track champions, including three-time MAC Championships Most Outstanding Performer  and All-American Jeff Powers.  He coached Jeff DeLong to All-American accolades during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2001. Seven of Fuller’s distance runners scored in the Chippewas’ first MAC outdoor track championship in 2003.

In 2005, Dave Ernsberger won both the 3000m and 5000m at the MAC Indoor Championships en route to being named co-Most Valuable Performer of the meet. Six Chippewa distance runners contributed 15 point-scoring finishes to help CMU sweep the indoor and outdoor crowns that year.

As an athlete at CMU, Fuller earned six varsity letters. He was All-MAC in cross country in 1978 and in track in 1979. Fuller qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1984 in the marathon and competed nationally in the steeplechase.

Fuller began his coaching career as cross country coach at Coleman High School in 1980 and track and field coach at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy from 1980-81.

He returned to CMU as an assistant cross country and track coach in 1982 and was the head coach for the 1984 cross country season and the 1985 track season.  Fuller left Mount Pleasant for Horizon High School in Phoenix, Arizona from 1986-88. 

In 1990, Fuller returned to CMU as the head cross country coach and assistant track coach.  He also coached the Chippewa women’s cross country team in 1997.

Fuller and his wife, Marian, reside in Mount Pleasant with their four children, Annie Lucille (10), Jody (eight), Craig Jr. (four), and Curtis (two).