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Jon Poag Named CCU Athletics Director

Poag has served as the head cross country and track & field coach since 2015

Colorado Christian University is excited to announce Jon Poag as the new athletics director beginning July 1, 2024. Poag has served as the head cross country and track and field coach for the men’s and women’s teams since 2015 and as the assistant athletics director for facilities since 2023. He succeeds Brian Wall who will be retiring after more than seven years overseeing one of the most successful periods in Cougar Athletics.

“Jon is a consummate leader of our student-athletes in both the classroom and the arenas of competition,” said Wall. “I am excited for Jon and all of our Cougar student-athletes as they embark on this new and exciting chapter of athletics at CCU.”

Poag’s teams have soared to previously unreached heights under his tutelage with 26 All-Americans; numerous RMAC champions, all-conference runners, and academic all-conference student-athletes; and multiple top 10 team finishes at the NCAA Championships with the men’s cross country team finishing third in the nation in 2022.

“Coach Poag has a proven track record of success,” said Eric Hogue, CCU president. “I am confident that he will continue to build on Brian’s outstanding leadership and elevate Cougar Athletics into the future.”

Wall will continue to mentor Poag, ensuring a smooth transition for both Cougar Athletics and the new athletics director. The department is currently in the midst of the $14 million Elevate Athletics fundraising campaign that will transform the University’s softball, soccer, track and field, and cross country facilities and provide a class-leading home for more than 150 Cougar student-athletes.

“I am truly honored to follow in the footsteps of Brian Wall as the next athletics director at Colorado Christian University,” said Poag. “While athletics success is important, and worth pursuing, we also hope our student-athletes experience personal growth that transcends athletic accolades and pushes them to reach their potential in all areas of life. I can’t wait to work closely with our coaches and student-athletes to continue the rise of Cougar Athletics in the years to come.”

Colorado Christian University has 235 student-athletes on 15 teams that compete in the RMAC, one of the oldest NCAA Division II conferences. Teams include baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. To learn more about Cougar Athletics, visit