Former coach Andy Reust returns to lead cross country

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— Former longtime Steamboat Springs High School coach Andy Reust said he has missed a lot about coaching.

There was the camaraderie of teams and coaching itself. But mostly, he missed the athletes. So after a two-year absence, Reust is taking the helm for the Sailors this fall. He's the new head coach of the cross-country team and co-head coach of the track and field team with Luke DeWolfe.

"It's great," Reust said about coaching. "To me, there is nothing else."

Reust spent years on the sidelines as an assistant football coach for former Steamboat coach Mark Drake. He also was an assistant and head track coach for several years.

When the cross-country job opened up, Reust expressed interest for several reasons.

In addition to wanting to get back into coaching, Reust saw a need for transparency between the cross-country program and the track program.

"I decided to come back when the cross-country job opened up," he said. "I love track and field. I'm a track and field guy. We haven't been getting the relationship between the two."

When Reust worked with former cross-country coach John Smith, Reust said the two programs worked closely together, getting as many as 90 percent of the athletes to do both sports.

"His philosophy was, to be great at cross country, you have to run track, and to be a great track runner you have to run cross country," Reust said.

Reust's familiarity with the school and program made him an easy choice for the job. First-year Athletic Director Ken Webbe said when Reust approached him about the open position, Webbe was excited for the possibilities.

"I guess the key points for me was the trust with our kids," Webbe said. "He's been a coach at Steamboat for many, many years. At this point in his life he's retired and has the time to focus on kids and cares about kids. He's very interested in doing what's best for kids."

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