Larry Maddox retires from coaching

Tue, 2012-07-31 15:15 -- univcomm

Larry Maddox, longtime head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs at Anderson University, announced today that he will retire effective January 1, 2006. Maddox, 62, has served the University since August of 1976 when he returned to his alma mater as an assistant director for Athletic Recruiting and assistant coach for Men’s Basketball and Men’s Track. Maddox indicated that he has been pondering retirement for several months, and felt that the time was right to step away from coaching. Maddox assisted Jim Macholtz with the Anderson track and field program for seven seasons from 1977-83 before assuming the head coaching assignment in 1984 and serving in that capacity for 22 seasons.

“Larry Maddox has been a mentor and coach to hundreds of outstanding student-athletes and has had an enormous impact on their lives,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “He will long be remembered as a person devoted to Anderson University and to the church. We owe Larry an enormous debt of gratitude for all he has done to establish one of the truly great collegiate cross country and track programs in the nation. We wish him all the best as he moves to new ventures in his life of dedicated service.”

“The young men and women that I have been privileged to work with during the last 30 years have been an exciting group to mentor, challenge and learn from each day,” said Maddox. “While there have been many conference champions, national champions and All-Americans, the greatest thrill for me has been the preparation of those student-athletes for life beyond their events. Many things have been accomplished by the AU cross country and track programs during the last 30 years, and I owe a great debt to many people for those achievements. The assistant coaches and their families, student managers, supporters, trainers, faculty, staff, administrators, student-athletes, friends and my family have made these accomplishments possible.”

During his tenure at Anderson, Maddox has built model cross country and track programs and navigated them successfully from National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division III status. He played a key role in securing funding for the Kardatzke Wellness Center that was opened in October of 2002 and includes a large fieldhouse space with a 200-meter indoor track.

“It has been my distinct pleasure to work with Larry Maddox the last two-plus years, and I marvel at what he has accomplished here with limited financial resources,” said Michael Zapolski, director of Athletics. “Coach Maddox and his staff have been successful for a long period of time because of their tireless dedication to recruiting outstanding student-athletes who fit the profile of Anderson University. Larry has made a lasting impression on our athletic program, and I appreciate his 30 years of dedicated service.”

Maddox coached three individual national champions at Anderson—Jenny Fields in the high jump, Peter Pritchett in the steeplechase and Brian Williams in the indoor mile. He has also coached six NCAA Division III All-Americans in cross country, 13 NAIA All-Americans in track, 21 NCAA Division III All-Americans in track and nearly 100 NAIA and NCAA Academic All-Americans.

Maddox assisted Barrett Bates in men’s basketball for two years before being named the University’s head men’s cross country coach in 1978, succeeding Gibb Webber. In 1980, Maddox was selected head coach of the newly created women’s cross country program. The Anderson men’s and women’s cross country programs have thrived under Maddox’s watchful eye, and will be competing at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meet on October 29 at Bluffton University.

The men’s cross country program has captured 15 conference championships, including the last six in a row, and Maddox has been tabbed the league’s “Coach of the Year” 13 times. Anderson runners have won the individual title at the conference championship on 16 occasions. The Ravens captured a total of 10 consecutive NAIA District 21 titles from 1982-91, and Maddox was tabbed the NAIA District 21 “Coach of the Year” each time. Additionally, Anderson won the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national title five consecutive years from 1980-84, and Maddox was recognized as the NCCAA “Coach of the Year” each season.

The women’s cross country program has been equally successful, winning 12 conference championships, including the last three in a row. Anderson runners have claimed the individual title at the conference championship 11 times. Maddox has been honored as the league’s “Coach of the Year” on 11 occasions. The Ravens won the NAIA District 21 championship four straight seasons from 1988-91, and Maddox was tabbed the NAIA District 21 “Coach of the Year” each time. Anderson won the NCCAA national title in 1983 and 1984, with Maddox garnering “Coach of the Year” accolades.

During his tenure, the Anderson men’s track team has won 17 conference titles, including the last 11 in a row, and Maddox was tabbed the league’s “Coach of the Year” 15 times. Maddox directed the Ravens to nine consecutive NAIA District 21 championships from 1984-92, and he was recognized as the NAIA District “Coach of the Year” each season. Additionally, Anderson claimed the NCCAA national title seven times, and Maddox was honored as the NCCAA “Coach of the Year” in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1992. The women’s track program has claimed seven conference championships, and Maddox was named the league’s “Coach of the Year” four times. In 1991, Maddox served as an assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Festival. He was the head coach of the North team during the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival. In 1996, Maddox was the operations manager of the warm-up facility for the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

A native of Scott Depot, West Virginia, Maddox graduated from Anderson College in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He coached basketball, football and track for two years at Winfield High School in West Virginia before beginning a nine-year assignment at Springfield Shawnee High School in Springfield, Ohio. Maddox coached cross country, football and track at Springfield Shawnee High, and completed work on a master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Dayton in 1976.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.