Crichton College Athletic Director Jeff Walker announced the addition of a men's cross country program today with the hiring of Head Coach Rick Ellis. Ellis a 1975 graduate of the University of Tennessee will work to bring the kind of success to Crichton that he enjoyed while competing in track and cross country for the Vols. Ellis was an all SEC performer in both sports at UT as well as a letter winner on two NCAA Championship teams. Ellis, who has been training runners for over 25 years brings a wealth of experience to the Comets and will begin as their first Head Coach in the NAIA's Tran South Conference for the 2006-2007 athletic year. Ellis is currently the owner of Fitness Plus, a fitness and wellness company located in the Memphis area.