Wilson named head coach of track and field/cross country

Wed, 2012-08-01 10:57 -- univcomm

For the first time in 30 years there will be a new men’s and women’s track and field coach as Anderson University has hired Scott Wilson to succeed the recently retired Larry Maddox as the new head coach for the Ravens. Wilson will also take over the men’s and women’s cross country programs as well.

Wilson has been an assistant coach under Maddox since the fall of 1999, working with the distance runners in all four sports.

"We are delighted to know that Scott has chosen our invitation to continue the great program that Larry Maddox has been nurturing over these many years," said Dr. Carl Caldwell, vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean. "Our students will be well served by a person who understands the mission of Anderson University and will help us to continue to build that mission."

"Scott is well-prepared to lead our men's and women's cross country and track programs," said Michael Zapolski, Director of Athletics. "Scott has played an instrumental role in the recruitment of many outstanding student-athletes, and understands the mission of Anderson University. As a former student-athlete at Wheaton who possesses extensive coaching experience at Anderson, Azusa Pacific and Nebraska, Scott brings a wealth of knowledge to the head coaching role."

During his tenure with Maddox, AU has won seven straight men’s track and cross country championships and five women’s cross country titles. In addition to the conference championships, the program has also produced nine track and field All-Americans and seven cross country All-Americans since 1999. The men's cross country team has also participated in the NCAA Div. III national meet in 1999, 2000 and 2005, finishing 17th at the recent championships last weekend.

"I am honored to be named the next head coach for cross country and track and field at Anderson University," said Wilson. "To be part of an institution and program that embraces core values such as faith, integrity, and excellence excites me. My goal for this program is to build off that strong heritage by striving for excellence in the program and having integrity in relationships. If we are able to live up to those standards then I believe in the end we will be successful."

Before coming to AU, Wilson was the assistant coach at the University of Nebraska (1998-99). Prior to that, he was at Azusa Pacific University from 1993-98, holding positions such as head women’s track coach (1996-98), head women’s cross country coach (1994-97), head men’s cross country coach (1996-97) and assistant men’s cross country coach (1993).

While at Azusa, the women’s cross country team posted four top-20 finishes at the NAIA Championships and the women’s track team finished in the top five on five different occasions at the NAIA Championships, including runner-up in 1996.

Wilson’s coaching background also includes two years as a high school track coach at Martin Luther High School in Greendale, Wisc. He is also USATF Level I and II certified.

"A head coach sets the course for a program and Larry Maddox has stirred this program to new heights and standards," said Wilson. "It has been my privilege to work for and with Coach Maddox and I am a much better coach because of him. Our team verse has been and will continue to be Psalm 105:44 'We have fallen heir to what other have toiled for.'"

Wilson is originally from Elm Grove, Wis., and is a 1986 graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, Wis., where he was WISAA state champion in the 1,600 meters his senior year. He went on to attend Wheaton College where he was an All-American in the 5,000 meters in 1988. He attained a master's degree from Azusa Pacific in 1995 in Physical Education.