"All of our search committee members were impressed with Jimmy Stephens, and so were our three student-athletes and our two assistant coaches. Jimmy comes highly recommended by other coaches and athletic administrators," said Patterson.
Prior to USC Upstate, Stephens also served as Director of Track and field/Cross Country Operations at the University of Alabama and as the Head Track and Field Coach at Wofford College. He is a 2008 inductee into the South Carolina USA Track and Field Hall of Fame as a Coach/Administrator.
"I am honored and extremely excited to be the new head men's & women's track and field / cross country coach," said Stephens. "We have a great staff and group of athletes returning. I look forward to taking steps forward and building a championship-caliber program. The SAC is one of the premier track and field conferences in the country. We look forward to getting kids on the podium and ultimately qualifying for nationals. I feel very blessed to be coaching at such a great school and look forward to being a part of the Newberry community."
Roger Keesling was the previous coach at Newberry College.
scrunners.com will be talking to Stephens later this week about today's news.