INDIANAPOLIS - The IUPUI Department of Athletics announced that Head Cross Country Coach Scott Williams has announced his resignation, effective immediately, citing personal reasons. Williams guided the IUPUI program for nine of its 12 years in existence.
"We certainly wish Scott the best in his future endeavors," IUPUI Director of Athletics Mike Moore said. "Scott has been a consummate professional and raised the bar for the IUPUI cross country program.
"His expertise and familiarity within the running community will be hard to replace. He has built the program to where it stands today, and built it the right way."
Over the past nine years, Williams has coached an Academic All-American, two Mid-Continent Conference Newcomers of the Year, eight All-Conference student-athletes and seen both his squads consistently earn All-Academic Team recognitions. Two of his former runners, Lyndsey Emerson and Brad Wheeler, earned an unprecedented four consecutive First Team All-Conference awards during their IUPUI running careers. Most recently, Emerson became the first-ever runner to be enshrined in the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame.
His student-athletes have also accumulated 50 Academic All-Conference awards and 10 Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence honors. Seven of his runners were honored among IUPUI's Top 100 students during his nine seasons including Jackie Landess, who was a three-time honoree.
Williams led the men's team to a second-place finish in the Mid-Con Meet in 2004 and the women's squad to a third-place finish in 2000. Both remain the best league finishes in the program's history. Williams' 2002 men's team captured the Cross Country Only National Championship on Sept. 28, finishing first among seven entries in the Saint Louis-based event.
Since taking over the program in 2000, his men's teams have finished in the top half of the conference meet five times.
A member of the Indiana Track & Cross Country Hall of Fame and former Big Ten Champion at Indiana, Williams will continue to teach and serve as Social Studies Department Chairman at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. He is also pursuing his administrative license at IUPUI.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times