Craig First enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Gustavus track and field team and will be working primarily with sprinters, hurdlers and relays. In addition to his coaching duties, Craig will also assist with recruiting.
A native of Norton, Ohio, First attended Miami University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education (mathematics) and a minor in coaching. During his undergraduate career at Miami, Craig was a four-year member of the Redhawk track and field team, serving as team captain his senior season. As a four-year sprinter, First achieved career-best times of 10.46 in the 100-meters, 21.13 in the 200-meters, and 47.32 in the 400-meters. First was also the anchor leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that still holds the school record.
First began his coaching career at the college ranks as an assistant track and field coach on staff at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio immediately after graduating from Miami. He then went on to teach high school mathematics for seven years, coaching at the middle and high school ranks in his native Ohio. He served as the head track and field coach at Edgewood Middle School in Wooster before taking over the track and field program at Delaware Hayes High School in Delaware.
After his tenure at Delaware, Craig remained in Ohio where he returned to coaching track and field at the collegiate level. He served as an assistant coach at John Carroll University in University Heights for one year, then accepted a position on the coaching staff at Kenyon College in Gambier where he coached sprints, hurdles, jumps, pole vault, and multi-event athletes. During his five-year tenure at Kenyon, First coached and recruited athletes who broke 31 different school records and achieved 56 all-conference honors.
Craig completed his graduate work at Ohio University, earning a master’s degree in recreation and sport science.
He now lives in St. Peter, Minn. with his wife, Marian Frazier, who serves as an assistant professor of statistics at Gustavus. Craig and Marian recently welcomed their first child into their family.
B.S., Miami University; M.S., Ohio University