A Message to Track & Field/Cross Country Alumni from Coaches Stintzi & Thompson
As we gear up for our third season at Charleston Southern, Coach Thompson and I wanted to reach out and catch all of you up on what we’ve been up to since arriving on campus. We take great pride in leading the track and field and cross country programs here at CSU, and want you to feel truly invested in our success. Together, we can build on our existing tradition to create a consistent program that competes for championships while preparing student-athletes to excel after their time at CSU is complete.
When we came to CSU almost exactly two years ago, we put an emphasis on improving every aspect of our program. Due to the hard work of our coaching staff, administration and most importantly, our kids, we’ve been able to make significant strides. Here are some highlights of our accomplishments:
- Women’s Cross Country: Last year’s 7th place finish at the Big South Championship was our highest since 2011. Georgina Russell became our first all-conference honoree since 2002.
- Men’s Cross Country: Last year’s 3rd place finish at the Big South Championship was our highest since 1994. We also had two all-conference selections, Fearghal Curtin and Jeryck Wilson, for the first time in 23 years.
- Women’s Track & Field: Last year’s 3rd place finish at the Big South Championship was our best since 2013.
- Men’s Track & Field: Our indoor showing at the Big South Championship was our best since 2013, while our outdoor was the highest since 2011. The 150 points we tallied at the outdoor championship was our most since 1995.
In addition, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention our four individual Big South champions that helped us set 14 track & field school records in 2017-18. Placing an emphasis on academics also paid dividends, as our men’s track & field team compiled the highest GPA of any men’s squad at CSU last fall. On the women’s side, we achieved a team GPA of 3.0 for the entire season.
We feel strongly that one of the ways we can sustain success is by fostering greater alumni involvement. This year, we have three home meets scheduled: the season-opening Buccaneer Open on Saturday, September 1, and two track & field events in March. We are in the beginning stages of planning a March alumni event, and will follow up with more details at a future date. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you and see you support our athletes at a home meet.
Lastly, we’d like to call your attention to three fundraising projects we are undertaking. As you know, continually investing into the program to improve facilities and the student-athlete experience directly impact our ability to compete. We are seeking to re-do our throws circle by adding a second ring, re-locate coaches offices adjacent to the track & field locker room, and add to our travel budget so we can compete against programs outside the region at least once a year. If you are interested in learning more or contributing to these efforts, please contact us or Tyler Davis, our Assistant A.D. for Development (firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-863-7523).
We’d like to reiterate our desire to build relationships with you, and look forward to communicating more in the future. Go Bucs!
Jim Stintzi and Soyini Thompson