Kunle Lawson starts his fourth year as Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country at the University of Mary Washington. Under his guidance, the Eagles have steadily climbed at the conference and national level each year.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the University of Mary Washington cross country and track and field teams", says Lawson, who saw four athletes advance to NCAA Championships in the spring of 2018.
Lawson came to UMW in 2015 from Capital University in Columbus, OH, where he had served as Director of Track & Field and Cross Country since 2011. Prior to Capital, Lawson had stints as an assistant track and field coach at Lynchburg College, Ohio University and the University of Richmond.
Lawson’s unique background includes work as a counterintellingence agent in the US Army, a staff accountant, and as a strength and conditioning coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. He earned two degrees from Lynchburg College, where he was a two-time conference champion in the discus, and holds a master’s degree in coaching education from Ohio University. Throughout his coaching career, Lawson has mentored multiple conference champions, NCAA qualifiers, and All-Americans.
Lawson and his wife, Stephanie, and their son, James, reside in Fredericksburg