FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Methodist University Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Duane Ross resigned to accept a position as Track and Field Director at North Carolina A&T State Unviersity.
"I have truly enjoyed being a part of the Methodist University family," Ross said. "I know the track and field and cross country programs will continue to flourish in their pursuit of excellence.
During his tenure at Methodist, Ross brought the track program to new heights. The women's team won three conference championships and placed in the top four at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships the past two years.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Bob McEvoy, former President Dr. Elton Hendricks, and current President Ben Hancock for the wonderful opportunity to build something special here, and for entrusting me with some of the best student-athletes a coach could hope for," Ross added. "I would also like to thank the numerous staff and faculty that provided their unconditional support and assistance during my time here. I'm extremely excited about my upcoming position with North Carolina A&T State University and I wish Methodist University the very best in its future endeavors."
Ross has coached the Monarchs to nine individual national championships and 43 All-American honors. Last year he was named the Methodist Coach of the Year and the USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Women's Coach of the Year.
"We wish Coach Ross well in his new position at NC A&T," McEvoy said. "Duane did a great job with our programs over the past five years in moving our track programs into the national spotlight. He provided oversight for new facility additions, did a great job recruiting top student-athletes to our university and truly developed elite track athletes at the NCAA Division III level while he was here at MU. A national search will begin immediately for his successor and we hope to have a new coach in place very soon."
Release courtesy of the Methodist sports information department.