FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. Methodist University Vice-President and Director of Athletics Dave Eavenson announced on Wednesday that Head Cross Country Coach Jack Brunecz will add the head coaching responsibilities of the men's and women's track and field teams to his duties at Methodist University.
Brunecz, who also coaches the distance groups for the indoor and outdoor track teams, replaces Roland Whiting, whose resignation from the position was announced on Tuesday.
"Jack has done a tremendous job building a quality cross country program the past four years as our head coach," said Eavenson. "We are excited to have him take on this new role as Director of Track and Field and Cross Country."
Tuesday's announcement marks the second time Brunecz has followed in Whiting's footsteps, having taken over the reins of the cross country program in January 2015 after Whiting had led it and the track and field programs the previous three seasons.
"I would like to thank our Athletic Director, Dave Eavenson, and the committee involved that have supported me since day one when I started at Methodist University," said Brunecz.
"I feel very blessed to have their continued support and belief in me that I will continue the rich traditions and successes that the Methodist University track & field programs have achieved over the past decade. I am already looking forward to our next track season, but first we will focus on having a successful cross country season."
"Jack has a tremendous passion for both sports and has a clear vision for the future of both of our programs," explained Eavenson about the joining of the leadership of the two programs.
"His dynamic personality and his past experience working with all areas related to the track and field and cross country programs will serve our student-athletes well. We look forward to a bright future the track and field and cross country programs under Jack's leadership."
Brunecz has shepherded 22 runners to All-USA South Athletic Conference honors during his four seasons at the helm of the cross country program, as well as a pair of runners, Lindsey Pritchard (2018) and Makayla Lawler (2019), to individual cross country championship titles.
At the conference's inaugural outdoor track and field championship in late April, Lawler earned all-conference honors in winning both the women's 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs, Prichard -- who had earlier in the season established a new school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase -- finished fourth in that event, and Nathan Zauner posted a fifth-place time in the men's 10,000.
Release courtesy of the Methodist sports information department.