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August 9 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Michael Guinn, a former assistant coach at Division II institutions West Virginia Wesleyan College and Seton Hill University, has been named the new head men’s and women’s cross country coach at Bethany, as announced by Director of Athletics Tim Weaver.

“We’re fortunate to be able to bring someone on board with Mike’s combination of success as a runner and success as a coach at small private schools like Bethany,” said Weaver. “His vision for our program both athletically and academically are a great match for where we want to take our teams. Our cross country and track programs will both benefit immediately from his knowledge and commitment.”

Guinn was most recently an assistant at Seton Hill from 2008-2010. In his two seasons, he helped take the Griffins men’s cross country team from fourth place in the WVIAC to a conference championship. In addition, he also coached Josh Wilks to Indoor and Outdoor All-American honors in the 800-meter run.

Prior to his time at Seton Hill, Guinn was the associate head coach for the track and field and cross country programs at West Virginia Wesleyan from 2004-08. He had a hand in the Bobcats’ women claiming four WVIAC cross country and outdoor track team titles, as well as one men’s cross country and two outdoor track and field championships.

Overall in his six years of collegiate coaching experience, Guinn’s efforts have helped produce a total of 13 WVIAC team conference championships, 30 First Team Cross Country All-Conference awards (16 women, 14 men), 54 Track & Field individual championships (29 women, 25 men) and one All-American (Wilks).

Before his coaching career began, Guinn was just as accomplished as a runner. At Alderson-Broaddus, he was a three-time All-Conference performer in cross country, which included winning the 2001 WVIAC Individual Cross Country championship. Guinn’s victory helped propel A-B to the conference team title and he also qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships.

After transferring to the University of Charleston, Guinn won back-to-back WVIAC crowns in the 10,000 in 2002 and 2003 while provisionally qualifying for NCAA Championships in the event both years. He is the only WVIAC runner in history to be named All-Regional four times.

Although he has such a short time until the cross country teams arrive to begin preparation for their first meet Sept. 3 at Westminster, Guinn is excited to take the reins to the program and is looking forward to trying to take it back to its glory days, which included a men’s regional championship in 1980.

“I am honored to receive this opportunity from Coach Weaver and the Bethany administration,” said Guinn. “Bethany has a rich tradition of athletic success and I look forward to increasing the numbers on both teams immediately and trying to get the program back to the powerhouse status it had in the 1970’s and 80’s when Bethany won or competed for regional championships regularly.”

Guinn graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a minor in business.