Nicholson steps down as Barton track and cross country coach

Track head coach David Nicholson, right, talks with All-American jumper Larry Russell during the 2018 Raleigh Relays. | Photo by Benny Benton
Track head coach David Nicholson, right, talks with All-American jumper Larry Russell during the 2018 Raleigh Relays. | Photo by Benny Benton

by Benny Benton

 

WILSON, N.C. – David Nicholson, who has served as head coach of the Barton College track and cross country programs for the past two seasons, has resigned in order to pursue other opportunities, school officials announced Tuesday.

During Nicholson's tenure, both indoor track teams recorded their best conference finish in program history (third place for the men and fourth place for the women), and the men's outdoor track team matched its best league finish in the modern era (third).

Under his direction, Barton earned four men's and women's conference Field MVP awards and four men's track All-American designations. In his two seasons, the Barton men amassed 35 all-conference and 32 all-region awards, and the women earned 21 all-conference and 11 all-region awards.

"Barton College is appreciative of Coach Nicholson's contributions and wishes him well," said Todd Wilkinson, Barton's director of athletics. "The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. I am confident that Barton College and the quality of the program in place will attract highly qualified candidates."