GEORGETOWN, Texas – Georgia College Cross Country head coach Steven Cary has accepted a new position at Southwestern University, serving the NCAA Division III Pirates as Cross Country program head coach and Track assistant coach.
Cary makes the move to Texas after four seasons as Bobcat head coach and eight total with GC Cross Country. In that time, he has changed the landscape for Georgia College runners, helping them re-write the recordbooks and pull in unprecedented accolades.
“My time in Milledgeville has been nothing short of a dream come true,” said Cary. “I have been blessed on so many levels to have the chance to be a part of an amazing institution, athletic department and cross country program. I am very much thankful for the opportunity (Director of Athletics) Wendell (Staton) and (Associate Director of Athletics) Jimmy (Wilson) gave me to lead the teams.”
In his four seasons, the Bobcats have had the first three National Qualifiers in program history, as Katherine Yost ran at the NCAA Finals in 2016 and 2017, and Collin Silliman kept the streak going in 2018.
The Bobcats have had 10 All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) honorees and six run to All-Region status during Cary’s time at the helm, and Yost brought in a program first with her PBC Runner of the Year trophy in 2017.
"Georgia College Athletics wishes Steven Cary all the best as he begins a new coaching venture at Southwestern University," Staton said. "Our program has excelled academically, socially and athletically during his tenure and we appreciate his commitment to the holistic and balanced student-athlete experience. We thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best moving forward."
The Bobcats were also leaders in academics, including a sweep of the 2018 PBC Elite 15 Awards by Sarah Wilder and Shawn Olmstead. For the 2017-18 school year, the Bobcat Women boasted a department-best 3.79 GPA, while the GC Men’s squad owned a 3.41, tops among the men’s sports at Georgia College.
“As a program, the men and women have accomplished a lot, reached new heights and set the bar higher than it has ever been—that is a direct testament to the hard work and effort of the student-athletes,” said Cary. “They have been an absolute joy to work with over the years. They have represented themselves, their university, and myself with the utmost integrity both on and off the course, and for that I am appreciative. Georgia College and Bobcat Athletics will forever hold a special place in our hearts as my family and I start this next chapter in our lives.”
Assistant Director of Athletics Steve Barsby will serve as the program administrator and Graduate Assistant Coach Matt Sutton will handle day to day operations as we begin our search for the next leader of Georgia College Cross Country.
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