Pippa Passes, KY. – The Alice Lloyd College Department of Athletics has announced the introduction of two new sports teams for the upcoming school year.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, men’s and women’s Track and Field will be added to the Eagle Athletics program. Brandon Arnold will serve as the coach of both squads. Arnold will perform double-duty as he is also the successful coach of the Eagles and Lady Eagles Cross Country programs.
ALC’s Cross Country teams are dual members of both the NAIA and NCCAA. This year, the squad competed in the River States Conference of the NAIA. Additionally, after qualifying for the NCCAA DII National Cross Country Championships held in Jackson, Mississippi, Arnold guided each team to a third-place finish. Both clubs are returning with the majority of their members next season, as each group lost only one runner apiece.
Coach Arnold is eager to begin building the Track and Field program from scratch saying, “I am excited to be named as the first track and field coach in school history. I see this as another opportunity to build a successful program at ALC.”
Although the track and field program may be starting from the ground floor, Arnold knows the potential is there to develop a contender. Arnold stated, “Even though this may be a new program, we hope to be competitive in the River States Conference. We also desire to qualify for the NCCAA Nationals, just as our cross country squads have done. I have already observed that we have quality athletes in the Appalachian region, and we are eager to showcase this talent at our college.”