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Coach Mark VanAlstyne joins Track Staff at UNC

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DistancePreps.com - The Future Runs Now   on Aug 7 2012, 11:30 PM

DistancePreps.com - University of North Florida Assistant Athletic Director/Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Mark VanAlstyne has resigned and will leave the University after 22 years to become the head cross country distance coach at the University of North Carolina.


Coach VanAlstyne is an alumnus of UNF and was a stellar student athlete prior to his coaching tenure at the University.  

VanAlstyne has coached six women’s individual national champions, eight men’s All-Americans and 27 women’s All-Americans on the track, as well as 12 cross country All-Americans.

Coach VanAlstyne was instrumental in the growth of the Osprey program, guiding the transformation from the NAIA to seeing the Ospreys compete at the highest level as an NCAA Division 1 program.  

Coach VanAlstyne was also pivotal in the numerous facility upgrades at UNF to include the 9400 seat Hodges Stadium Track & Field facility that first opened in August of 2008. Hodges Stadium is presently one of 3 IAAF Class II facilities in the United States.

Most recently, UNF and Hodges Stadium hosted the 2012 FHSAA State Track and Field Series and also the NCAA D1 East Regional Track and Field Championships.

Coach VanAlstyne will report to newly appointed Head Coach for Track and Field and Cross Country and former associate head coach at Florida State University, Coach Harlis Meaders. Coach Meaders succeeded Coach Dennis Craddock who recorded 45 ACC titles during his 27 years at Chapel Hill.

University of North Florida Press Release
VanAlstyne Joins Track Staff at North Carolina

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Longtime University of North Florida Director of Track and Field and Assistant Athletic Director Mark VanAlstyne announced his resignation to join the Track and Field staff at the University of North Carolina serving as head cross country and distance coach.
 
“Mark had a genuine commitment and dedication to making UNF better and I always appreciated that about him,” said UNF Athletic Director Lee Moon. “He built strong, competitive cross country/track and field programs during his tenure at North Florida. In addition, Mark was a tireless worker behind the scenes in getting recognition for his programs and Hodges Stadium. He put North Florida on the national track and field map highlighted this past spring when we hosted the NCAA East Preliminary. Mark left his mark at UNF and will be missed. We wish him all the best in this next phase of his career.”
 
VanAlstyne, a former student-athlete at UNF, had led the track and field programs since January 1991. He mentored the Ospreys from the NAIA level through Division II into the program's current status at the Division I level. During his two decade tenure, VanAlstyne guided UNF to 12 Conference titles and coached over 50 All-American performers. He was named NCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2002 and a four-time conference Coach of the Year, including the 2010 Atlantic Sun Cross Country Coach of the Year honor.
 
An active participant in the Jacksonville running community, he served as a member of former Jacksonville Mayor and current UNF President John Delaney's Council on Fitness and Well-being.

UNF LINK - http://www.unfospreys.com/news/2012/8/7/MXC_0807125533.aspx?path=mcross
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