Assistant Coach Michael Guinn
Office Phone: 304-829-7294
Michael Guinn is in his fifth year as the assistant track and field coach at Bethany.
In 2014-15, Guinn helped the Bison men's indoor track and field team to the school's first ever PAC Championship.Also the school's head cross country coach, Guinn has served in that role for the last five seasons. Over the course of his tenure at Bethany, Guinn has coached five athletes to All-PAC status. This past season, freshman Jordan Castro and junior Ryan Donnelly earned Second-Team All-Conference honors. In 2012, Donnelly and Brooke Bosworth raced to Honorable Mention All-PAC honors.
In 2011, Joanna Mongelluzzo finished third overall to earn First Team All-PAC, the best showing by a Bison runner since 2003, and also took 30th place at the NCAA MidEast Regional to earn All-Region honors. On the men's side, Cory Yarrington raced to Second Team All-PAC accolades for the second consecutive year.
Before Bethany, Guinn served as 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 10 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.
Guinn graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a minor in business.
Assistant Coach Carolyn Kitchens
Carolyn Kitchens is in her second season as the throwing coach with the Bison, working primarily in the javelin, shot put, discus, hammer and weight throws.
In just her first season, Kitchens played an integral part in helping the Bison men’s team earn the 2014-15 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. She also coached an individual champion, helping sophomore Bobby Bush earn the title in the weight throw, by posting a school record distance of 47’ 1 ½”.
Kitchens attended Appalachian State University in North Carolina as an Undergraduate where she competed in the Javelin, Weight and Hammer throws under April Smith who has served as the throws coach at App State for 13 years and, most recently, the assistant throws coach for Team USA at the 2013 Junior Pan-American Games. Upon graduation from App State, Kitchens attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh where she threw the Javelin under current head coach Alonzo Webb and Javelin and Pole Vault coach Curtis Phillips.
During her collegiate career, Kitchens was a part of two Southern Conference Outdoor Championship Teams and one Big East Championship team. Individually, Kitchens won first place in the Javelin her Senior year at App State and finished 7th in the Big East in her first year of graduate school at Pitt. She is ranked 8th on the all-time record list at App State in the Javelin.
Kitchens is also an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Bethany and is the advisor to the Pre-Health Professions club, the Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Professions Honor Society and the Phi Mu Beta Nu Sorority.