Release courtesy of Benedictine University athletics communications
LISLE, Ill. --- Benedictine University Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Kevin Paterson has resigned from his position to become the Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach at NCAA Division II Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.
Paterson became the Director of Track and Field/Cross Country in January of 2015. While at Benedictine, Paterson was also a two-time USTFCCCA Men's Regional Coach of the Year (2016 and 2017) and a four-time Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Coach of the Year.
"I want to thank everyone at Benedictine for this amazing opportunity to oversee cross country and track and field over the last five seasons," said Paterson. "I also want to thank all of my former student-athletes for the effort they have put in. Without their dedication and hard work, none of this success would have happened."
Since 2015, the men's track and field program placed fourth at the NCAA Division III Championship in both 2017 and 2018. During this time, 22 Eagles were named All-American and 53 qualified for the national championship.
The program also made headlines in the NACC, winning four indoor titles, three outdoor titles and one men's cross country championship.
"We are grateful for Kevin's dedication to our track and field and cross country programs," stated Director of Athletics Mark McHorney.
Paul Zavala will serve as interim Head Cross Country/Track and Field coach.
"Paul is an outstanding leader," added McHorney. "He is the right individual to lead our programs during this transition. His organization and commitment to the students' overall success at Benedictine are evident within our cross country program."