Punxsy native named XC Coach of the Year
HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point University head coach Mike Esposito was named Big South Coach of the Year in women's cross country, it was announced after the Panthers won their first-ever team championship Saturday in Conway, S.C.
HPU's top five runners all placed in the top 10 as the Panthers beat two-time defend- ing champion Liberty University.
Originally from Punxsutawney, Esposito is in his seventh season as head coach of men's and women's cross country and track & field at High Point University.
He is a 1980 graduate of Westminster College and coached at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., for 19 years before coming to High Point University in 2005.
This was Esposito's first Big South Coach of the Year honor.
Under Esposito's guidance, High Point University has never finished lower than third in the Big South Championship in men's cross country and HPU runners have earned 16 All-Big South honors.
In women's cross country, HPU runners earned All-Big South honors 13 times over the past seven seasons and High Point has never finished lower than fourth at the Big South Championship.
In track & field, HPU records have been set in 26 events on the women's side and 18 events on the men's side since 2006, including both indoor and outdoor track & field.
The Panthers move on to NCAA cross country competition in two weeks. High Point University will run in the NCAA Southeast Regional in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 12, with a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championship Nov. 21.