Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Kevin Sweeney to coach cross-country at Montcalm Community College


Kevin Sweeney has joined Montcalm Community College’s coaching staff and will lead the cross-country team as the college works to bring back athletics after a 40-year hiatus.

An accomplished runner, Sweeney said he is excited to share his passion with students.

“I have been involved with cross-country and running in some form or fashion for the past 30 years. I truly enjoy coaching and being part of the MCC family,” Sweeney said.

“To be able to put the sport of cross-country, coaching and the MCC family together is more than I could have ever asked for. I am very excited for this opportunity and am looking forward to our first season in 2023,” he added.

Sweeney began his undergraduate studies at Lansing Community College where he helped lead LCC to three national titles in Men’s Cross-Country, in 1991 and 1992, and the Men’s Marathon Team Championships in 1992. While at LCC he was a two-time All-American in Men’s Cross-Country in 1991 and 1992 and was the Men’s Marathon Individual National Champion in 1992. He earned an associate degree from LCC in 1993 and transferred to Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 and a Master of Social Science in Criminal Justice in 2016. At MSU, Sweeney co-captained the Men’s Cross-Country team in 1994, earned Academic All Big Ten Honors in 1994 and received the team’s Leadership Award in 1993. 

Sweeney has continued to be involved with running throughout his adult life, completing numerous marathons and several Ironman’s. He has served as an assistant coach at White Cloud High School and Grant High School, has been involved with the Rockford High School Cross-Country program for several years, and has hosted several road races including the Marshall Run, Newaygo County Kids Triathlon, Bailey’s Doggie Dash and the Rockford Area Kids Triathlon. 

In addition to his new coaching responsibilities, Sweeney has served MCC since 2015 as an adjunct instructor and criminal justice program coordinator. He is employed full-time with the Michigan State Police, where he serves as the commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and the Deputy State Director of Emergency Management.

Sweeney lives in Rockford with his wife, Teri, and has four adult children.

Those interested in being part of MCC's cross-country and becoming a member of the Centurion running program should contact Coach Sweeney at As part of this team you will travel to multiple invitationals, compete in championship races, and build friendships that will last a lifetime.


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Shelly Springborn
Director of Communications and Public Relations