Kevin Licht was named the head cross country and track and field coach for the Black and Gold in mid-June, 2015.
“I want to thank Bill [D’Andrea] for everything he has done during this process,” said Licht. “And I also want to thank everyone in the Anderson University family. We are blessed to be a part of such a close-knit Christian family. I am looking forward to building and continuing to grow the program.”
Licht arrived in the Electric City after three seasons at the helm of the Converse cross country and track and field programs, where his Valkyries earned All-Southeast Region accolades 16 times and claimed All-Conference Carolinas honors on 15 occasions. Licht guided the Valkyries to eight individual Conference Carolinas’ titles, including setting five conference records over the past two seasons and claiming Conference Carolinas’ Athlete of the Week honors nine times. The Valkyries were ranked seventh in the Southeast Region in this past indoor track & field season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Under Licht’s tutelage, Converse’s Ashly Sutherland claimed both Conference Carolinas Track Athlete of the Year and the league’s Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, while qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country National Championships as a sophomore in 2013.
Eighteen Trojans earned All-South Atlantic Conferernce recognition at the conclusion of the 2016 SAC track & Field Championships, while Mazon Hazel and Ben Boerma garnered All-SAC honors at the 2015 SAC Cross Country Championships. Under Licht's guidance, Olivia Gardner, Haylee Love, Alex Dixon and Martha Coleman each captured all-conference recognition on the women's side and the Trojans are consistently ranked among the region's top teams by the USTFCCCA.
Licht’s teams have performed in the classroom as well, earning All-Academic recognition from the USTFCCCA four times times - including 2016-17 when both the men's and women's track & field teams captured the honors, while garnering individual Academic All-America accolades on for occasions, with AU's Chris Burton capturing the honor in 2016. His athletes captured Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll status 38 times since 2013, while claiming Academic All-Conference honors in 2015. Following the 2015-16 academic year, country and track & field student-athletes earned 21 spots on the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Prior to his stint in Spartanburg, Licht spent three seasons as the head cross country and track and field coach for the Roosevelt University (Chicago, Ill.) men’s and women’s programs.
Under his guidance, the 2011-12 Laker men’s program posted the posted the 51st fastest qualifying time at the NAIA meet and produced two NAIA National Cross Country Championship qualifiers and two All-Conference athletes, both firsts in school history. The squad also posted the highest GPA (3.46) in the Roosevelt athletic department. While at Roosevelt, Licht also oversaw all gameday operations for the athletic department.
“Kevin is a great fit for our university and our department,” said Director of Athletics Bill D’Andrea. “He has enjoyed success as a head coach and I am confident that he will do an outstanding job here at Anderson.”
In 2011, Licht was successful in having an article published with the Associated Press entitled “Recruiting Service Helps Link Athletes, School.” He also helped establish an “Athletes in Action” chapter at Roosevelt.
He was also an assistant cross country and track coach at Pomona College (Claremont Calif.), where he helped lead the Sagehens to a 2004 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship and a 22nd-place team finish at the 2004 NCAA D-III National Championships.
Licht received his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) after competing for the Cardinals.
He earned All–Midwest Region accolades three times and All-College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin honors in cross country and track nine times as an undergraduate. Licht competed in three NCAA Division III National Championships with a pair of third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish.