WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 10, 2019) – Rollins College Director of Athletics Pennie Parker has announced Kaylyn Christopher as head coach of the Tars men's and women's cross country programs.
Christopher brings a wealth of experience as both a student-athlete and NCAA Division II head coach. She will officially begin her appointment June 1.
"I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead the cross country program at Rollins College," said Christopher. "The institution offers its students a remarkable educational experience, and I am proud to be a part of it."
Christopher has been the men's and women's cross country and track and field head coach at Salem University for the past two seasons, building all four programs during her tenure. She previously served as head women's cross country coach at Fairmont State from 2014-2016, leading three All-MEC honorees.
"We are excited to have a coach of Kaylyn's caliber leading our programs," said Parker. "We had a very impressive pool of candidates for this position and Kaylyn's accomplishments as a student-athlete and a head coach were exactly what we were looking for; the future is very bright for Rollins cross country."
Christopher is a 2011 graduate of West Virginia University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in philosophy. She was a two-time NCAA indoor track and field All-American in the mile (12th place overall) and as a member of the Distance Medley Relay (eighth place). Christopher also garnered Academic All-American honors two separate years, and holds the second-fastest time in the 1,000 meters at WVU. Chrisopher was a four-time competitor at the NCAA cross country championships, helping WVU to top-10 finishes each year, including fourth place in 2008.
"I think the cross country program here at Rollins has untapped potential and a bright future," added Christopher. "I'm really looking forward to guiding these young men and women to a new level of success, and am eager to see the tenacity the Tars will bring to the cross country course."
About Rollins College Athletics:
Beginning with its first intercollegiate contest in 1895, Rollins College boasts one of the richest traditions in small college athletics. Located in Winter Park, Florida, Rollins is a member of NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference. Rollins claims 23 National Championships, 91 Sunshine State Conference Championships and 10 Sunshine State Conference Mayor's Cup All-Sport Trophies. Rollins sponsors 22 varsity sports known as the "Tars," a slang term for a sailor and one of the most charismatic nicknames in all of sports. For more information, visit RollinsSports.com. "Like" the Tars on Facebook and follow @RollinsSports on both Twitter and Instagram.