TENNERTON – There will be a new face leading the Buckhannon-Upshur boys and girls cross-country teams this fall.
Taylor Stacy will oversee the program this fall after the retirement of longtime head coach Jim Johnson last month.
Stacy grew up just outside of Huntington and attended Spring Valley High School where he graduated in 2012. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in 2016.
As a former cross country runner in high school and college, Stacy said he was excited to take over the program when the job became open after being an assistant for the boys soccer team last season.
“My eyes have been on this position for a while,” stated Stacy. “I’ve always wanted to coach this sport and give back to the future generations of runners like many others did for me. It was a tough decision to leave the boys soccer team and head coach Mike Donato, however, I know I can make a bigger impact in this sport.”
Stacy said his passion for the sport came from his early morning runs while in high school.
“My passion for running definitely stems from the many mornings I would run before school with my high school coach David Duncan,” noted Stacy. “Those early morning runs made a huge impact on the person I am today. I learned a lot about running and life in general back then.”
Stacy said his connection with the current roster will be one of the many positives with him taking over the coaching job after serving previously as a coach at the middle school.
“One of my best strengths is the connection I already have with many of the athletes,” remarked Stacy. “Most have run middle school track for me, so having that rapport with the athletes helps a lot when transitioning into a new position. I also bring along a lot of training plans and workouts that I adopted during my time running in college.”
Stacy and his two teams will get their season underway today as they travel to Cabell Midland High School for the St. Mary’s Invitational.
(See B-U cross country preview on page 8B)