SEWANEE, Tenn. - Announced on Monday by Director of Athletics Mark Webb, Bill Cooper has been tapped to lead the Sewanee cross country and track and field programs at The University of the South.
Cooper brings over two decades of experience, both as an NCAA Division III student-athlete and coach, to the Cumberland Plateau.
"Bill is ideally suited to become Sewanee's next head coach of our varsity track and cross country programs," quoted Webb. "He brings to Sewanee a highly successful NCAA Division III coaching record and has a profound appreciation of the small liberal arts college experience."
Prior to his arrival on the Domain, Cooper spent the last seven seasons at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. In the spring of 2014, he helped start the track and field program for the WildCats. In 2016, he was named the Indoor Track and Field Men's Coach of the Year by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
During his time in Virginia, he has coached four NCAA National Qualifiers in the indoor 60 meters, indoor 60 hurdles and the outdoor 110 hurdles. During the 2019 season, he saw 28 new school records, both with the indoor and outdoor program, made in the short history of the program.
With the cross country program at Randolph, he saw seven times make it to the Top-10 All-Time Performances.
Prior to his time in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Cooper spent four seasons as the head women's track and field and assistant cross country coach at Trine University in Indiana. During his time with the Thunder, his women's cross country team produced the highest team grade point average in the conference.
Additionally, he served as the Meet Director for 13 home collegiate, high school and club indoor track meets each season. He also helped coach a men's 200-meter champion in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
Before his coaching experience in Indiana, he was the head cross country and track and field coach for Muskingum College in Ohio from 2003-08, where he saw 16 NCAA Division III National Qualifiers and three All-Americans. Additionally, he coached 20 All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) selections and improved squad sizes with both programs.
He has also served as an assistant coach at Hartwick College (N.Y.) from 2000-01 and Colby College (Maine) from 2001-03.
"I want to thank Mark Webb for giving me the opportunity to lead the Sewanee cross country and track and field programs moving forward," said Cooper. "From the first time I stepped on campus to work camps, I knew that this was a special place. I look forward to working with a great group of student-athletes at a phenomenal institution."
Cooper earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where he was a dual-sport athlete in soccer and track. A two-time OAC Champion in the outdoor 400-meter dash, he was an NCAA All-American in the event in 1996. His time of 47.99 seconds remains a Heidelberg school record.