College of Southern Maryland
Sarah Williams MS, ATC, LAT, PES
Assistant Athletic Director of Student Life and Athletics
Nick Williams MS, ATC, LAT
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Written by: Tammy Showalter
After some planning and preparation, the College of Southern Maryland is now offering cross country and the program is gearing up for its inaugural season. Head cross country coach Chris Tuttle and assistant coach Josh Trice are sharing their expertise, knowledge and love of the sport with their growing team. Tuttle is also the aquatics and community services coordinator at CSM. Trice is an added bonus to the coaching staff. A former CSM student, Trice is an ultramarathon runner, competing in 50-milers. “We have three athletes that are signed,” Tuttle said. “We’re still working with a few other potential [athletes]. We’re excited. We’re actually just now getting to practice this week, just because of the late addition of the sport.”
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CSM Aquatics and Community Services Coordinator Christopher Tuttle began his passion for health, fitness and sports at a young age. He played multiple sports but gravitated toward running in high school where he found quick success. "Ever since graduating college, the best way for me to stay active in the sport I love is by helping others," said Tuttle, adding that he enjoys working with runners of all abilities from beginner to elite. "Seeing someone transform into a "runner" and being able to help guide them to reach their goals is why I truly enjoy coaching."
Tuttle earned an associate’s degree in recreation management from State University of New York (SUNY) Delhi where he received Academic All-American and National Champion cross country honors. He received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/geography from SUNY New Paltz where he served as captain of the men’s cross-country and track and field team, earned All-Region honors, and set—and still holds—several school records. He is certified through the Y.M.C.A. as a personal trainer and lifeguard, and American Red Cross for CPR and first aid. He has a coaching certification from the Road Runners Club of America.
Following graduation, Tuttle has maintained his competitive edge as a top-200 finisher in the 2008 Marine Corps Marathon and competitor in 5K, 10K, half-marathon and warrior-type events. He served as representative on the Pikes Peak (Colo.) Road Runners Club and has held a sponsorship with Saucony, a running shoe company, for the past three years.
Tuttle's coaching philosophy focuses on consistency as well as “train smarter, not harder,” he said. Tuttle’s 13 years of coaching experience includes Fleet Feet Sports in Annapolis, Parks and Recreation director for town of Beekman, N.Y. and Beckman Y.M.C.A. program/fitness director.
"Strong programs exist in Calvert and St. Mary’s county high schools, and now that lacrosse has expanded with Charles County teams moving into SMAC (Southern Maryland Athletic Conference) competition, the natural progression is to provide the opportunity for students to play at the collegiate level while attending community college in Southern Maryland." said CSM’s Athletic Director Michelle Ruble.
"[CSM] has received incredible community support in bringing these athletic programs to the college. We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of interest and support from local families," said CSM Vice President of Advancement Michelle Goodwin.