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Friday, September 09, 2011
The Bison track & field and cross country programs are excited to announce the addition of three new assistant coaches along with changes in roles for two current members of the coaching staff.
Jenny Randolph begins her first year on the coaching staff at Lipscomb University, but is no stranger to the university or the program. Randolph moved to Nashville in 2007 to join the Lady Bisons and was a captain from her sophomore season until her graduation in 2011.
Athletically, Randolph was successful as a Bison, running on the 4x1500 relay team which broke the school record in 2009. Randolph was an A-Sun indoor conference qualifier in the mile and the distance medley relay in 2008, the 3K and the mile in 2009, and the 5K in 2010. She was an A-Sun outdoor conference qualifier in the 5K in 2010 and the 10K in 2011.
A member of the Spiritual Direction Team, Randolph participated in a team mission trip to Los Angeles, Calif., in 2010 and served as secondary leader on a team mission trip to Belize in 2011.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology in 2011 and began work on a Master of Education degree from Lipscomb in the fall.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of the Lipscomb program in any capacity but especially as a member of the coaching staff,” said Randolph. “I am excited to join a coaching staff that is committed to building and maintaining a program that embodies excellence in athletics and academics and also proclaims Christ and grows together in faith.”
“Jenny is a terrific addition to the coaching staff,” said head coach Bill Taylor. “She’s a wonderful person with a big heart. She was a freshman when I first arrived five years ago, and has been a part of the rise of our program.”
Marcus Evans enters his first year on Lipscomb University staff and will serve as theassistant coach working with the sprinters and hurdlers.
Evans most recently was an assistant at NCAA Division III Adrian College in Michigan where he helped the sprinters, hurdlers and high jump. In his first year at Adrian, Evans coached five MIAA conference champion sprinters and an NCAA Division III high jump qualifier. One of Evan’s sprinters broke the Adrian School record in 100m.
Evans competed in track and field as a hurdler and sprinter for SIU Edwardsville as the school made a transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. Evans is a two-time Division II NCAA provisional qualifier and Division I regional qualifier in the 400 meter hurdles. Evans earned GLVC all conference honors as a 200 meter hurdle indoor champion and member of the 4x400 meter relay team.
In 2010 Evans earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Television and Radio from SIUE. Evans will pursue a Master of Arts in Conflict Management at Lipscomb University.
"I am excited to embark on a new journey with Lipscomb University as a Graduate Assistant,” said Evans. “The spirit of God is here at Lipscomb University and is with this team especially; that is something that excites me as we move forward athletically and spiritually.”
“Marcus has shown a desire to learn more and to help us achieve excellence,” said Taylor. “He’s a great addition to our staff and is going to be a huge asset to our hurdlers and sprinters. Marcus is also going to be a great recruiter. He’s going to help us go to the next level in track & field.”
Josh Foss, who helped out during the spring track season, returns as a volunteer assistant for the fall helping with the distance program. Foss was a five time All-American for Indiana Wesleyan University while qualifying for the NAIA National Championships 11 times during his career.
“Josh is a great person who brings a ton of experience as a successful distance and middle distance runner,” said Taylor. “His schedule is tough because he has a full time job during the day, but when he is able to be with us he will be a great asset.”
With the new additions to the staff, assistant coach Luke Syverson who works with both programs and all event areas will shift event responsibilities and focus to the jumps and throws. Syverson coached the throws and sprints last year.
“I’m excited to move back into the jumps,” said Syverson. “It is definitely one of my passions and strongest event areas. It is always hard giving up an event, but this made the most sense for our program right now.”
“Luke did a great job with the throwers and sprinters last year,” said Taylor. “Fortunately we have a lot of flexibility with him. As a former Pac-10 jumper, it just made sense to shift him over to his native event. This shift will help the team reach a new level, and will utilize Luke’s greatest strengths in his second year with us.”
Campy Pounds will transition to being the volunteer pole vault coach for the Bisons while continuing to work on his Masters in Exercise Science.
“Campy did an excellent job with Dillon Siegenthaller last year guiding him to All-Conference honors in the multi-events in indoor and outdoor track,” said Taylor. “I am really happy that he is going to work with our vaulters this year. He loves the vault and it’s an area we have increased our talent in.”
Tabetha Taylor will continue to work with all teams on team building, leadership development and change management skills, while head coach Bill Taylor continues to guide both programs and to coach the distance and middle distance runners specifically.