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Stacy to Return to Defiance as Head Track & Field / Cross Country Coach

Stacy to Return to Defiance as Head Track & Field / Cross Country Coach

DEFIANCE, OHIO - Wayne Stacy returns to Defiance as head coach of the Yellow Jackets men's and women's track and field/cross country programs in 2019-20. He served as the head coach for the Purple and Gold from 1999-2003. 

While at DC, he guided the program to three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles, with four top-two finishes. He helped grow the program from 10 members to 60 plus while also performing the day-to-day operations. Stacy garnered All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors on three separate occasions. 

Stacy is rejoining the Defiance Athletics coaching staff from the University of Pikeville where he was the head coach for the 2018-19 season. Under his guidance, Stacy helped grow the program and led his team to the highest Conference finish in school history. He also helped establish and implement a comprehensive recruiting plan/strategy as well as a strength training program designed for student-athletes. 

Prior to the University of Pikeville, Stacy was an assistant track and field coach and Professor in History, Social Sciences and HPE at Wilmington College for six seasons. During his tenure, Stacy helped improve the women's track and field team to a top-five finish during the 2014 and 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. Furthermore, he served as the contact for the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and helped coordinate the 2016 Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. While at Wilmington, Stacy coached five NCAA qualifiers as well as the Ohio Athletic Conference Sprinter MVP (2015) and the Ohio Athletic Conference Field MVP (2018). 

From 2008-2010 Stacy led the William Penn University track and field program where he directly coached two athletes who qualified for the 2012 Olympic trails. He also developed All-Americans in the triple jump and race walk, while also having athletes qualify for Nationals in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, hammer throw, discus, race walk, triple jump, and long jump.

Prior to William Penn, Stacy had a brief stint at Simpson College from 2003-2005 before transitioning to Graceland University where he served as an assistant coach working closely with the head coach on recruiting and meet management. 

As a coach, Stacy has developed 28 NCAA qualifiers and eight All-Americans, 18 NAIA qualifiers including nine All-American performances, and three Olympic trial qualifiers.