The Georgia College athletic department and director Wendell Staton are proud to announce the hiring of Steven Cary as the head coach for Bobcat Cross Country. Cary has served the past four seasons as assistant coach for the Bobcats, and replaces Dr. Joe Samprone, who announced his retirement Monday.
“I am thrilled to announce Steven Cary as our new Head Cross Country Coach,” said Staton. “Steven aligns perfectly with our University and our mission. He is inherently positive, has great energy, and is excited to take our program to even greater heights with the continued focus of providing a great student-athlete experience.”
“Since his arrival as an assistant coach four years ago, Georgia College Cross Country has seen the best teams and times in program history while also excelling in the classroom at record levels. Anytime we can add someone who believes in our mission, exudes loyalty and hard work and cares first and foremost about our student-athletes well-being, it is a great move for our University. Steven Cary brings all of these traits and more and we are excited to have him lead our program.”
Cary has worked in all facets for the Bobcat Cross Country program in his last four seasons, having a hand in recruiting, training and running practices. He was also instrumental in forming the relationship to set up the Council Farm Course, which will host the Division II Georgia Collegiate Championships in October.
In his four years as assistant coach, the Bobcats have all but completely rewritten the record books at all distances.
“I am excited for the opportunity to become the next head coach of the Bobcat cross country teams,” said Cary. “Without a doubt, Georgia College is the absolute best fit for myself and my family. I give credit to coach Samprone for giving me a chance to join his staff four years ago—for that I am forever grateful. He had a vision for the men’s and women’s cross country teams, and I’m glad I fit into his plan somewhere along the way. I look forward to this new chapter in my life, and helping our student-athletes to be better tomorrow than they are today.”
Cary ran four seasons at Valdosta State University, and served as a student-assistant coach for the 2010 campaign. He received his undergrad degree in English from VSU and a Master’s in human performance at Georgia College in 2013.
Cary and his wife, Jordanne have two sons, Noah and Owen. The Carys live in Milledgeville.