Ian Layne returned to his alma mater as the head coach of the Huntingdon cross country program in the spring of 2018.
A 2014 Huntingdon graduate, Layne was a team captain and part of two conference championship teams and one conference runner-up team with the Hawks before beginning his coaching career.
Layne spent the past two seasons as the head cross country and track and field coach at Emory & Henry College. In two seasons with the Wasps' cross country program, his men's team set the program's 8K and 5K records and the women's team set the program's 6K and 5K records. The men's team was an USTFCCA All-Academic team both seasons.
Before becoming the head coach at Emory & Henry, Layne spent two seasons as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Piedmont College. In cross country, he helped guide the Lions to one USA South Athletic Conference championship and a conference runner-up finish on the men's side.
During his time at Piedmont, the men's and women's teams earned USTFCCA All-Academic honors and produced 15 all-conference award winners. The Lions' cross country and track and field teams set more than two-dozen school records during his two seasons.
Layne is the fourth head coach in the history of the Hawks’ cross country program. Huntingdon competed in the Great South Athletic Conference from 2008-2012. Following a four-year hiatus, the program was restarted in 2017 as a member of the USA South Athletic Conference.
As a student-athlete, Layne helped the Hawks win the GSAC championship in 2009 and 2010 and finish as conference runner-up in 2011.
He earned his bachelor's degree in religion from Huntingdon. He holds a track and field technical certification from the USTFCCA and has a Level I coaching certification from USA Track and Field.