(This article was published in the September 2013 issue of TrevEchoes - written by Tyler Comer.)
Coaching a team that’s going through the transition from NCAA to Division II can be a difficult task. Coaching a team that’s not only making that transition but also transitioning to being a year-round running program with cross country and track makes that a little more difficult.
How about having to do all of that after only being hired be the University less than a month before the season starts?
That’s the challenge new Trevecca track and cross country coach Austin Selby faced. Selby took over for Brad Peterson, after Peterson's resignation.
“I had to get in touch with all the runners and just tell them about myself and assure them that we are not going to miss a beat,” Selby said. “I had to get to know them all then revamp and develop a training plan, move the family, get buses, hotels and everything necessary for meets.”
Trevecca is the first collegiate head coaching position held by Selby. He was the head coach at Independence High School in Thompson Station, as well as Arlington High School in Memphis. Selby is also certified with USA Track and Field as a level II endurance coach. He also runs marathons himself.
“I had a fair amount of success at the high school level winning state championships at the individual event level and winning regional championships in cross country and numerous medalists at the state level,” Selby said.
Trevecca’s first meet under Selby took place on September 6, and it didn’t take long for the schools previous records to fall.
Freshman Ben Moroney recorded the fastest 5K time in the school’s history, finishing with a time of 16:10. Freshman Katie Hix recorded the fastest women’s 5K time in the school’s history with a time of 19:33. The Trevecca men placed 4th out of 11 non-Division I schools at the event, and the women’s team finished 3rd of the 11 non-Division I teams.
“They are great, and the fun thing is we have not cut them loose yet,” Selby said. “The gap from our first place runner to our last place runner is less than a minute, you cannot beat that.”