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Head Coach Andy Upton
Office Phone: 304-829-7247

Andy Upton is in the midst of his 13th season as the head coach of the Bethany men's and women’s track and field teams.

In 2014-15, Upton led the men's indoor track & field team to the Bison's first ever Presidents' Athletic Conference title, finishing the meet with 109.5 points (32.5 points more than second place). He helped coach then junior Umar Moore to Field MVP and Meet MVP honors, winning both the long and triple jumps, while also placing third in the 60-meter dash.

Overall in the indoor meet, 11 individuals and 1 relay team earned All-PAC status, with the Bison capturing six individual conference championships.

During the outdoor season, the Bison totaled six more championships, while posting 13 All-PAC performances, combined. The numbers, added to the indoor performances, saw the Green & White earn 12 conference championships and a total of 25 All-PAC honors.

Upton has produced top talent while at the helm of the Bison, including one three-time All-American, a two-time All-American and 13 national qualifications. Under his tutelage, Moore became the school's first-ever three-time All-American, and has qualified for Nationals six different times. During the 2014-15 season, Moore earned three NCAA qualifications, capturing two All-American honors (eighth in indoor - long jump; seventh in outdoor - long jump).

Along with Moore's three-time All-American status, Upton coached Matt Cruse (2007-2010) to a pair of All-American honors. Cruse became the school's first two-time All-American, earning the status at both the 2007 Indoor Championships (55m Hurdles - 4th) and the 2008 Outdoor Championships (110 Hurdles - 7th).

Adding to those impressive feats, Upton has also coached four Presidents' Athletic Conference MVP's, 35 conference champions, 105 All-Conference performers, and 96 Eastern College Athletic Conference qualifiers.

Upton's teams continue to set standards as 57 Bison records have been broken/re-broken during his tenure as coach.

Upton came to Bethany after spending five years at West Virginia Wesleyan, where he was an assistant football coach for five years and an assistant track and field coach for one season. During that year with the track team, Upton worked with the sprinters. In his time with the football team, he helped lead the Bobcats to the 2002 WVIAC Championship.

Prior to his time at West Virginia Wesleyan, Upton worked for a season at his alma mater, West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he coached the wide receivers. Upton graduated from West Virginia Tech in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with an emphasis on marketing and then received his Master of Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2001.

In addition to his coaching duties, Upton serves as a teacher in the physical education and sports studies department at Bethany. Andy, his wife Rebecca, who is the head women's basketball coach at Bethany, and their sons Christopher (6) and Matthew, reside in Wellsburg.


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.