Kaylyn Christopher enters her first season as head coach of Rollins men’s and women’s cross country in 2019.
"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."