CONVENTION: New Officers Elected To USTFCCCA Board of Directors

ORLANDO, Fla. – The members of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) voted for a new slate of officers to sit on the Board of Directors and lead the organization through the next three academic years, beginning summer 2020.

The membership elected Leroy Burrell of Houston as its new president, following the three-year term of Dennis Shaver of LSU. Additionally, Kari Kluckhohn of North Central (Ill.) was elected as secretary, following the three-year term of Dr. Martha Brennan of Central Oklahoma, and Clyde Morgan of Wabash was re-elected as treasurer.

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The trio was the same slate recommended by a nominations and election committee chaired by Connie Price-Smith of Ole Miss, alongside members Mike Mead of Clayton State, Kristen Morwick of Tufts and Mike Holman of Marian.

Burrell, who just entered his 22nd year as head coach of the University of Houston track & field programs, has served two terms on the NCAA Division I Track & Field Executive Committee, most recently as the conference representative of the American Athletic Conference.

“I’ve been a member of this particular organization for the 15 years of its existence and have seen it grow so much,” Burrell said. “Now, I think we’re at a point where we need to continue to grow and make some substantive changes to improve the stature of our sports at our institutions and at the governing level. That’s going to be my mission and hopefully I will be able to garner the support of the constituents here and try to move the sports and our profession forward.”

Kluckhohn, who just began her 18th year as the head coach of the women’s track & field team at North Central College, previously served as President of NCAA Division III Track & Field. She was honored with the Association’s Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award back in 2015.

“The USTFCCCA has bene a vital part of my coaching development over the past 23 years,” Kluckhohn said. “Being part of serving on the Board of Directors is an honor and I look forward to the next three years of serving with an excellent slate of officers and furthering and supporting the sports of track & field and cross country at the national level.”

Morgan, who is in his 11th season as the head coach of track & field at Wabash College, currently serves as treasurer of the USTFCCCA.

“This is just a phenomenal opportunity to serve our sports for a second term. I’m a firm believer in being involved. I tell all of the young coaches, ‘Don’t just come to Conventions and not get involved in some type of way.’ So to have some type of opportunity to serve our sports and work with some great people, I’m extremely excited about that.”

The election was held during Opening Session of the 2019 USTFCCCA Convention at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida.