New track coach found


by Jessica McDonald

Simpson’s search is over for a new track coach. After the men’s and women’s head track coach, Tim Byers, unexpectedly left at the beginning of the school year, the position has been filled by Wayne Stacey who will begin his Simpson coaching career Jan. 1, 2004.

Stacey is currently the men’s and women’s head cross country and track & field coach at Defiance College in Ohio. He will finish coaching the cross-country season at Defiance before making the move to Iowa.

Wayne had a successful three years at Defiance College. The women’s track team won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference outdoor track titles in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was named the HCAC Women’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year in the 2001 and 2003 season. He also earned HCAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honors in 2002.

The men’s track team finished second at the HCAC Outdoor Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Under Stacey’s leadership, track athletes have set 22 indoor and 15 outdoor records.

A 1991 graduate from Wilmington College, Stacey began his coaching career at Manchester College in 1991 as an Assistant Football and Track Coach. He then went to Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio as the Varsity Track and Field Coach. In 1997, Coach Stacey returned to Wilmington College as the assistant cross country and track & field coach. He then went to Defiance in 1999.