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Briggs named the head of Westminster track and field and cross-country programs

by Robby Campbell | June 2, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Courtesy of Westminster Athletics. (Contributed Photo)

Westminster College interim associate vice president of intercollegiate athletics Todd Creal announced on Thursday that Hunter Briggs has been named the new head of the track and field and cross country programs.

"It is an exciting time in our track and field and cross country programs," Creal said. "We identified coach Briggs as the right fit for our college and student-athletes. He brings the experience of competing at and coaching at a highly academic and successful Division III program, and his recent experience at the NCAA Division II level only adds to his extensive experience. We can't wait to see what he does with our programs!"

Coach Briggs joins Westminster College as the head of track and field and cross country programs after spending the last four seasons as the assistant cross country/track coach at Rogers State University.

At Rogers State, Briggs helped rebuild the cross-country and track programs.

During the 2022 cross-country season, the Rogers State women achieved their first USTFCCA national ranking (No. 25).

On the track, 20 school records were broken, including one NCAA Division II provisional qualifier.

"Excited and thankful to be named the next director of track and field/cross country at Westminster," Briggs said. "I believe there is great potential with cross country/track programs, and look forward to future successes at Westminster!"

Before Rogers State University, Briggs spent two seasons at the University of Central Arkansas.

At UCA, Briggs worked with the cross-country program and mid-distance/distance athletes for the Bears track and field teams.

In his two seasons, Briggs helped coach 14 All-Southland Conference athletes, including three in cross country, five during the indoor track seasons, and six during the outdoor track seasons.

In 2019, Briggs oversaw the Southland Conference Women's Runner and Freshman of the Year. He also helped to develop the Southland Conference champions in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, women's 5,000 run, and men's 10,000 run.

During the fall of 2018, Briggs was a member of the 2018 Southland Conference Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Men's Cross Country team to the 2018 Southland team championship.

Briggs also has an experience at the Division III level as an athlete and coach at Hendrix College.

As a coach at Hendrix, Briggs helped develop eight Southern Athletic Association all-conference athletes and relays.

Briggs graduated with his Master's in Exercise Science from Central Arkansas in May 2019. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Hendrix in May 2016.

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