Erik Forehand - Head Coach
Phone: 219-663-2173 ext. 13125
The 2020 season marks Coach Forehand’s first year as head coach of the boys’ cross country team. He is replacing long-time coach Keith Iddings, who retired at the end of the 2019 season after 23 years of success. Coach Forehand served as an assistant coach on the boys’ cross country team from 2017-2019.
Before coaching at the Crown Point High School, Forehand coached cross country and track and field at Colonel John Wheeler Middle School with fellow Indiana State Cross Country/Track and Field alumni, Joe Betz. From 2007-2017 the boys track and field teams won 11 conference championships, winning four conference championships in cross country. Forehand is entering his 14th year teaching Health and Physical Education at Colonel John Wheeler Middle School.
Forehand graduated from Indiana State University in 2007 with a degree in Physical Education. While at Indiana State, he competed on both the cross country and track and field teams under the leadership of Hall of Fame coach, John McNichols. Forehand was a member of the 2005 and 2006 cross country teams, both of which finished 1st in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Forehand grew up in Remington, Indiana, where he attended Tri-County High School from 1998-2002. While at Tri-County, he was a member of the cross country and track and field teams under the leadership of Richard Kochert, who was recently inducted into the Indiana Track and Field/Cross Country Hall of Fame.
With 24 years of experience as both an athlete and coach at various levels, Forehand is excited to share his passion and knowledge of cross country with his athletes.
Philosophy: I hope to inspire personal growth in each student-athlete through the numerous opportunities I am fortunate to provide. Mold a group of individuals who value a strong work ethic both in and out of the classroom. Who appreciate the importance of being responsible, caring, committed, and trusting. Who respectfully hold themselves and their teammates accountable. I will continue to educate myself on the sport of cross country while learning and growing from the experiences I share with those around me.
Seth Aydt - Assistant Coach
The 2020 season will be Coach Aydt’s 3rd as an assistant coach of the boy’s cross country team.
Aydt graduated from Indiana State University in 2005, with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration. During his time at ISU, he competed on the cross country and track & field teams under the leadership of Hall of Fame coach, John McNichols. He was a member of the 2005 men’s cross country team that finished 1st in Missouri Valley Conference.
Aydt grew up in Owensville, IN, and attended Gibson Southern High School from 1997-2001. He was a member of the cross country, and track & field programs lead by the late Alan Hopewell. During his junior cross country season, he helped the Titans qualify for the IHSAA state cross country meet for the 1st time in school history. Aydt was a 3x state qualifier in cross country and 4x state qualifier in track.
Aydt has over 25 years of running experience at various levels. He is excited to continue working with the team and share his passion for the sport. Coach Aydt and his wife, Courtney, reside in Crown Point with their children, Brandon and Brittany.