Centennial’s Eden top coach in state
Centennial cross country coach Sarah Eden likes to take things low-key.
In fact, when Eden found out she had been honored as the Class 5A Coach of the Year by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas, she wanted to keep it quiet.
“It’s exciting,” Eden said. “But I didn’t want anyone to know actually. I’m really shocked to get the honor, to be honest with you, and I’m pleased.”
The award came thanks to a wonderful season by her girls team.
“The bottom line is this is an award for my runners,” Eden said. “I told them there were the ones that got me here.”
Eden’s Lady Spartans had a great season winning the District 9-5A title. The girls finished third at the Class 5A Region II meet to qualify for state. Racing in their first UIL state meet, the Lady Spartans finished third.
Since starting the cross country program at Centennial, Eden has had at least one competitor at regionals each year.
This season, the boys team finished second at district and 12th at regionals.
“Coach Eden is an excellent teacher of the fundamental skills of the sport, she has great knowledge of her sport and is a great motivator,” Burleson cross country coach Curtis Enis said. “She is able to relate to and coach the highly skilled athlete as well as the beginner type. She runs a very disciplined program. Her teams are always well-coached, disciplined and compete at a high level. She is well deserving of the award.”