After more than a decade of absence from the Alpena Community College sports roster, men's cross country is coming back next year.
"We decided that golf wasn't going to happen," ACC Athletic Director Frank McCourt said. "We decided to cancel that and look for another sport."
Golf was discontinued from ACC's list of programs after 2012 the spring season.
McCourt had a discussion with local race promoter Joe Gentry, who suggested cross country and suggested Mark Jacobs as coach for ACC. Jacobs was then chosen as the men's cross country coach.
There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in running next year next Thursday in Room 116 in the Center Building at ACC.
Jacobs has been a cross country coach for six years, working with local and high school runners. He has coached summer track and the Woods Track Club as well as indoor winter cross country training. He says that he is excited to be coaching cross country and believes it will make a great addition to ACC's sports roster.
Jacobs said he already has seven or eight local runners interested in the team. His goal is to build a team of at least 15 solid, competitive and committed runners.
"I'm thrilled," Jacobs said and added that the purpose of the informational meeting was to "recruit, recruit, recruit."
Gentry coached women's cross country at ACC during the 70s and '80s and said in the past, many of ACC's runners were simply basketball players who used cross country as training for basketball.
Jacobs and Gentry have worked closely together in the past, including working at summer recruitment camps and Gentry believes Jacobs is capable of creating a highly competitive and respectable team.
Gentry said ACC will focus on creating a good schedule that will help create good exposure for his runners. He believes the ACC team can serve as a training ground for runners who are good enough to eventually run at the university level.
"He'll create a solid, competitive team filled with strong, dedicated runners," Gentry said of Jacobs.