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Cross Country (W): Randy Greer

Randy Greer

  Head Coach
  E-mail: rgreer@andersonuniversity.edu
  Office Phone: (864) 231-2088

Randy Greer joined the Anderson coaching staff in the fall of 2004 and has been involved with every aspect of the program.

After serving as an assistant coach for two years, Greer was named head coach of the Anderson University men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams in July, 2006, quickly building the Trojans into perennial contenders for championships on the conference, regional and national levels.

In a career inundated with accomplishments, Greer led the Trojans to arguably the best season in school history for both the cross country and track and field teams in 2010-11, as he was named the South Atlantic Conference Co-Coach of the Year for women’s cross country following the squad’s first-place finish in the SAC Championship. Greer again claimed SAC Coach of the Year accolades in 2011 for leading the women’s cross country squad to yet another conference title.  

The men’s and women’s track and field teams earned top five regional rankings in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2010-11, while the four squads combined to set an astounding 33 new school records throughout the year. Sophomore Will Byars was named the men’s USTFCCA Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year, while senior Durecelle Campbell earned the same honor on the women’s side.

The 2010 cross country season marked the seventh consecutive year (‘04, ‘05,’ 06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10) that an Anderson runner claimed the women’s individual cross country conference title, while AU has had the women’s cross country league Freshman of the Year on its roster five of the last nine years. Anderson has also had an individual national qualifier in seven of the last nine years in cross country. The 2011 season marked the Trojan women’s team’s fourth conference title and the second in the South Atlantic Conference, while the 2012 squad brought home third place.

In the spring of 2006, he helped coach the men’s and women’s track teams that rewrote the Anderson record book, and in his first year at the helm of both programs, Greer led both the women's and men's teams to CVAC titles and received two CVAC Coach of the Year awards. He followed up by guiding both the men’s women’s cross country teams to two victories during the 2008 season. The AU women’s captured second place at the Conference Carolinas’ Championships and the Trojan men’s team posted a third-place finish at the same event.
Individually, Anderson standout Jennifer Hitt won her fourth consecutive Conference Carolinas individual title and Ashley McClellion earned Freshman of the Year honors.

Greer’s teams are successful in the classroom as well, with his women’s cross country teams combining for back-to-back NCAA All-Academic recognition in 2008 and 2009, and again in 2011 and 2012, while five individuals have earned NCAA All-Academic honors seven times (Diana Willard in 2008, Whitney Bishoff in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Emily Eckroth, Amanda Johnson and Hannah Robles in 2011). The women’s track and field squad also claimed NCAA All-Academic honors in 2010 and USTFCCA All-Academic accolades in 2011, while several individuals have garnered USTFCCA All-Academic accolades in over the past three seasons. 
Under Greer’s guidance, the women’s cross country team is always in the hunt to claim the Dr. Shirley Jacks Award, which is presented by the AU Athletics Department to the team that possesses the highest grade point average for each semester, having claimed the honor four times in the past five years.

Whitney Bishoff has earned first team Academic All-America honors twice and was presented the NCAA’s Elite 88 award in March, 2011 on the eve of the 2011 Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships. She also earned the Elite 89 award at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country  Championships. 

Greer began his coaching career in the fall of 2000 as a volunteer assistant cross country coach at University of the Cumberlands (formerly Cumberland College) and was named assistant track coach at Whitley County High School in Williamsburg, Ky., in the spring of 2001. At WCHS, he worked with both Colonels’ teams, helping guide six athletes to the KHSAA state championship meet.

In the fall of that same year, Greer returned to Cumberland as a graduate assistant for the cross country and track teams, coaching the jumpers, pole vaulters and throwers during the indoor and outdoor seasons. During his time at Cumberland, the Patriot men’s team finished eighth in the NAIA national cross country meet and several Cumberland athletes won individual national titles and earned All-American status.

Greer left Cumberland again in the fall of 2003 to join the cross country and track coaching staff at Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Ky. He helped lead the Pulaski boys’ and girls’ teams to regional championships and both teams qualified for the state meet. Greer also helped lead the Pulaski boys’ track and field team to a regional championship.

Greer, a native of Eubank, Ky., earned a B.S. in physical education from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky., in 2000.

Entering the 2013-14 seasons, Greer has a noteworthy record of guiding his cross country and track athletes to honors and accolades during his tenure as head coach:
(Through 2012-13)
• Cross Country Conference Championships – 4 (Men in 2006 and Women in 2006, 2010 and 2011)
• Cross Country Conference Runners-Up – 1 (Men in 2011)
• NCAA All-Americans- 2 (2008 and 2010)
• Individual Conference Champions Cross - 5
• Individual Conference Champions Track - 18
• All Conference Cross Country - 37
• All Conference Track and Field - 32
• All Region (Cross Country) - 10
• All Region (Track & Field) - 28
• School Records Track- 88 (through 2010-11)
• All Freshmen (Cross Country) – 6
• Cross Country Runners of the Year/MVP – 5 (Hitt in 2006/2007 and Bishoff in 2008/2009/2010)
• National Qualifiers – 4 (Willard (2007) and Bishoff (2008, 2010 and 2011)
• Conference Freshmen of the Year – 2 (McClellion and Bishoff)
• Regional Track & Field Freshman of the Year – Lauren Sloan
• Regional Track & Field Athlete of the Year – 5 (Lauren Sloan 2009, 2010 and 2011, Durecelle Campbell 2011 and Will Byars 2011)