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SAGU hires inaugural cross-country coachWaxahachie, Texas — May 30, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will offer cross-country as a men's and women's varsity sport in Fall 2013. Teams will compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) in the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA).

The competitive season in the SAC will consist of five meets and the conference championship. SAGU will join 199 NAIA institutions that sponsor cross-country.

Cross-country will be the ninth sport offered at SAGU alongside baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball. SAGU Athletics plans to launch the program with 20 student-athletes, 10 men and 10 women.

Athletic Director Jesse Godding said, “SAGU is excited about adding cross-country as a varsity sport this year. As we studied the possibility of adding cross-country, it became clear that it was a fiscally viable sport for SAGU and would provide additional opportunities to recruit student-athletes.”

After hiring Head Coach Jason Covarrubias, Godding shared, “It was clear that among some other very fine candidates Jason had the coaching experience and the capacity to fit into and promote the culture of SAGU athletics. I am confident he will be committed to building the Kingdom of God through athletics while building a competitive cross country team.”

Covarrubias shared, “I welcome the chance to build the program from the start."

Covarrubias began Arlington Baptist College's cross-country program in 2011, and in 2012, the team won the NCCAA Division II Cross Country National Championship. Prior to Arlington Baptist, he was the head coach at Cedar Hill High School for six seasons. Under his leadership, the team qualified for their first-ever Regional 5A berth (2007).

In 2002, Covarrubias earned a Bachelor of Science in Christian studies from Dallas Baptist University. He earned a master’s degree in educational (administration) leadership from Arlington Baptist College.

Covarrubias is originally from Rosenberg, Texas. Covarrubias and his wife Sarah and four-year-old son Noah live in Midlothian, Texas.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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