NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bill Taylor, Lipscomb’s director of cross country and track and field, has announced the hiring of Peter Dalton as an assistant coach for the programs.
“We are really excited to add Peter to our staff,” Taylor said. “We went through a very lengthy and thorough interview process, and had excellent candidates. Because our candidates were so good, it was a tough choice. However, Peter rose to the top of that list.”
Dalton said the direction of the program is what drew him to Lipscomb.
“Coach Taylor’s vision for the program was very impressive,” Dalton said. “The progression of all areas of the program during his tenure demonstrated the potential and success ahead.”
Dalton is no stranger to success during his time as the head coach at King University for both cross country and track and field. Dalton helped guide the Tornado through the transition into NCAA Division II. He guided the women’s cross country squad to the 2010 NCAA Championships, the first year King was a member of the NCAA.
“As a coach, Peter has worked in small Christian environments, with limited resources, and has produced great results,” Taylor said. “He is going to have access to more resources than ever before and I expect he is going to be even more successful.”
Between both the men’s and women’s teams, King University garnered four Conference Carolinas championships, three runner-up finishes and three conference Carolinas Scholar Athletes of the Year under Dalton’s watch. As a coach, he has garnered four conference coach of the year honors and was named the 2013 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
“I’ve been humbled and fortunate to lead many great student-athletes and teams that have thought of me so much,” Dalton said. “Coach of the year awards are always nice, but the great student-athletes and coaching staff that I have had the privilege of sharing this experience with have taught me a lot of valuable lessons.”
In 2010 the women’s cross country team posted the highest GPA in all of NCAA Division II with a 3.7 GPA.
“Like our program, his teams have been among the best in the nation academically,” Taylor said. “He recruits on character and fit.
“Peter has a passion and is ready to move to the Division I level. Although he will help me with all of our distance athletes, he will spend a lot of time helping the men’s distance program. This is really important, in that we have 30 distance women and 30 distance men on our team. We really needed extra help to give our athletes the attention they need and deserve as the program moves forward.”
Dalton spent five years at King as the head coach of the cross country squads and added the title of head coach for track and field two years ago. He also has experience as an assistant coach at Milligan College.
He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from ETSU where he was a cross country and track and field athlete. He was a two-year captain and helped lead the Buccaneers to the Atlantic Sun Conference Indoor Championship.
“Most importantly, Peter has great character, understands and wants to be in the strong Christian environment we have at Lipscomb,” Taylor said. “He will do an incredible job at everything we ask him to do.
“I am really looking forward to working with Peter as we continue to build a national power here at Lipscomb in every way.”