Crusaders News
Cross Country - Tue, Jun. 25, 2013

After helping athletic director Kenrick Liburd this past year as a graduate assistant with Tennessee Temple University women's basketball, Monique Blanding is getting her own Crusaders team at the age of 22. Blanding, a former basketball standout at Reinhardt University, also ran track at Newnan (Ga.) High School and is taking on the role of head cross country coach at Temple. "Administratively she's fantastic -- her degree is sports administration -- and she understands the recruiting part of things," Liburd said. "Her moral character and relationships with student-athletes are second to none, and with her background in track and her knowledge of collegiate athletics, it made sense to hire from within for this position." Blanding said she did a variety of events in track, including hurdles and the 800-meter distance. "The training aspect of it, it's all the same," she added. "I wouldn't have taken this job if I didn't like being here. I like where I am, and I feel like the athletic department is making drastic changes for the better, and I like the goals they have."