Eric Rupe
Eric Rupe
Title: Volunteer Assistant Track & Field/Cross Country Coach
Alma Mater: Youngstown State, 2014

Rupe's Horizon League Champions

  • 2019 Ryan Sullivan (HL Outdoor) 10,000m
  • 2019 Sean Peterson (HL Outdoor) 800m
  • 2019 Sean Peterson (HL Indoor) 800m 
  • 2018 Sean Peterson (HL Indoor) 800m

 Eric Rupe is in his third season as a member of the Track and Field and Cross Country coaching staff as a volunteer.

In his three seasons, the women have captured the Horizon League Indoor and Outdoor Championships each year. The men won the triple crown in 2016-17 and 2018-19 - Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor - and again claimed the indoor titles in 2018. At the 2018 indoor meet, YSU's Sean Peterson became the first Penguin to win the 800m at the league championship.

During the 2019 indoor season, Sean Peterson captured his second consecutive 800m league championship. Peterson also went on to win the 800m at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships after finishing with the third fastest time in program history at 1:51.64. At the outdoor meet, Ryan Sullivan became the first Penguin to win the 10,000m league championship. 

Sullivan also broke Rupe’s school record in the 5,000m run when he clocked a time of 14:21.06 at the 125th Penn Relays on April 25. Sullivan capped off the season by qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 10,000m. 

On the women’s side, Natalie Fleming became the first Penguin in school history to win the 800m at the indoor meet after running the second-fastest time in school history at 2:13.37.

Prior to helping out with YSU, Rupe was a standout member of the Cross Country and Track and Field team for the Penguins.

During Rupe’s Cross Country career, he led the Penguins by placing first at the Horizon League Cross Country Championship with a time of 25:41.24 as a junior. In 2013 he became the first YSU male runner in school history to win a cross country conference championships. He also helped the Penguins to finish second overall at the Horizon League Championships. Rupe placed first in the Disney World Cross Country Classic with a time of 25:05.46 in 2013. He helped the Guins place third at the 2014 Horizon League meet.

Rupe also exceled in distance events during the track and field season. He won the 5,000-meter run at the indoor Horizon League Championships with a time of 14:49.68 as a senior. By winning the 5,000-meter run, Rupe defended his title and became the first repeat champion in the event since Butler’s Gary Blackman in 2003-04. As a junior he won the event in a time of 15:09.25.

In 2014, Rupe helped the Penguins win the Horizon League Outdoor Championship by two first place finishes in the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter run. He was awarded the Men’s Individual Scoring Award at the HL meet.

Rupe is a native of Cortland, Ohio and graduated from Maplewood High School. During his high school career, he set the district and school record in the 800m and 1,600m run and was a four-time All-Ohio selection and two-time NAC MVP. He was a two-time state runner-up in the 1,600 in 2009 and 2010, and indoor state champion in the 1,600 in 2009.