SALINA — Kansas Wesleyan has a new coach for cross country and track and field.
Chris Sandefur was announced on Thursday as he succeeds McPherson College graduate Brent Bailey, who resigned last month.
He has been at Lindenwood University-Belleville, where he held both positions.
Sandefur helped three Lynx runners qualify for the NAIA National Championships this past season. The Lynx track and field team won the 2016 American Midwest Conference Men's Outdoor Outdoor Championship and qualified several individuals for the NAIA National Championships, headlined by Shingai Kusena becoming a two-time NAIA All-American in the triple jump.
He is a two-time winner of the AMC Coach of the Year in men's outdoor track and had a roster size of 70, up from the 12 when he took over the program.
Sandefur earlier spent 3 1/2 seasons as the head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Central Methodist University. He coached 15 national qualifiers in cross country and track and field. In cross country, his women's teams won two HAAC conference championships. Sandefur twice was named the HAAC Coach of the Year.
"I'm confident that Chris will be a strong leader for our track and field and cross country program,” KW Athletic Director Mike Herrmann said in a release. “The combination of his time building the program at Lindenwood-Belleville and his work as an assistant at Central Methodist gives him a strong background. Plus, you feel good anytime you can hire a successful head coach. I was impressed with the breadth of the track and field program at Lindenwood-Belleville and his ability to grow both the cross country and track programs to the top of the conference."
"There's a lot of great talent on the team coming into the year," Sandefur said. "There was a great foundation laid by the previous coaching staff, as they established a good, positive culture in the programs. I look forward to building on the program and adding some new elements that will help the programs continue to improve and succeed."