Cullen developed an interest in coaching early in her college experience. She long considered becoming a high school teacher and coach, but by her senior year, decided to start her coaching career at the college level.
“I want coaching to be most of what I do for a profession,” Cullen said. “I talked to (Hartshorn) about the path she decided to take, and it sounded appealing to me.”
As part of Cullen’s employment package with Dickinson, she will receive free room and board just off campus. She will live with an assistant coach from another sports team.
“I’m looking at graduate schools,” Cullen said. “So this year will be about preparing for the (Graduate Record Exam) and taking that. Graduate school is something in my future. It depends on how well it works out at Dickinson, and if I stay for another year. Most assistant coaching positions last one or two years.”
Cullen’s transition to coaching does not necessarily mean the end of her running career. She recently placed third among women at the Flag Day 5K in Newburyport. Another perk of the Dickinson job is that she will be able to go on training runs with the team.
“I think she’ll probably dabble in road races,” Hartshorn said. “I think she’s ready for the change of running with a team when it’s appropriate. The thing with Lindsay is her training was different than any other distance runner I’ve had because she had a really delicate body. She was one of the toughest competitors we’ve had, but she had to do a lot of cross-training to stay healthy. I think she’s sick of cross-training, so she’ll see how much running she can do and stay healthy.”