Nicholson resigns after 2 years as Barton track, cross-country coach

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After a two-year stint at the helm of the cross-country and track programs at Barton College, David Nicholson resigned as head coach of both programs Tuesday.

Nicholson was responsible for leading both Bulldog indoor track programs to their best finishes at the Conference Carolinas Championships in program history, a third-place finish for the men in 2017-18 and a fourth-place women’s showing in 2016-17.

Last season, Nicholson, who arrived from American International College in Springfield, Mass., directed the men to a third-place finish in the 2018 Conference Carolinas Championship, which tied the program’s best showing since reviving the program in 2012.

Individually, junior Larry Russell finished third at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the long jump. Nicholson’s tenure produced a combined 56 all-conference performances and 43 all-region. Barton track teams had four men’s and women’s Field Most Valuable Performer awards at the season-ending championship meet to go along with a quartet of All-American designations.

In cross-country, Nicholson’s teams reached their high-water mark with a sixth-place women’s finish in 2016 at the Conference Carolinas championship meet. The men’s squad duplicated a fifth-place finish in both seasons.

“Barton College is appreciative of Coach Nicholson’s contributions and wishes him well,” Barton athletic director Todd Wilkinson said. “The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. I am confident that Barton College and the quality of the program in place will attract highly qualified candidates.”