By BOB FORREST
ADA — Travis Reust, East Central University’s strength and conditioning coordinator for the past two years, has resigned.
“I’ve achieved just about everything I can at East Central,” Reust said Tuesday. “I want to purse some other opportunities and have some family time.
“I think I’ve done a good job there,” he added. “I just have to look out for me now.”
Reust recently finished the offseason conditioning program with the ECU football team, which is in the midst of spring practice. He was in charge of strength and conditioning programs for all sports at the school, and he was also heavily involved in raising money for equipment for the new Pat O’Neal Strength and Condtioning Center, which opened last fall. His staff will take over his duties until a permanent replacement can be found.
“I have to talk to (football) Coach (Tim) McCarty, but we will probably hire somebody to fill a couple of jobs,” ECU athletic director Brian DeAngelis said. “We’ll probably look for somebody who can handle strength and conditioning and maybe be director of operations.”
McCarty said he found out about Reust’s resignation last week “kind of through the grapevine,” adding that, because of the timing, it shouldn’t have a huge impact on the football team’s preparation for the 2010 season.
“Travis laid out a plan before he left, so we’re in good shape,” McCarty explained. “I’m not sure what direction we’ll go (in hiring a replacement). Travis was hired before I got here (in January of 2009), and he was originally hired as a football coach.
“It’s a program, not just one guy,” he added. “Travis did a great job, but if he was going to leave, the timing couldn’t have been better.”
Reust, an ECU alum who worked at several Division I programs before returning to Ada in 2007, said spending time with his two children (who live in Colorado) was a big factor in his career move.
“I’d really like to stay around here and get another job and be able to go see my kids when I want to,” he said. “I love ECU. I did everything I could to make it a great program, and I think I left it that way. I’m just burned out on coaching right now.”