DENTON, Texas (8/2/10) - North Texas track & field head coach Rick Watkins announced the hiring of Sam Burroughs as the Mean Green's newest cross-country/distance coach on Monday.
Burroughs has spent the last two years in the same position at Abilene Christian University, where he collected two Lone Star Conference Championships, a South Central Regional Championship and a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division II championship meet in men's cross country.
He was named the 2010 South Central Regional Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association as well as the Lone Star Conference Men's Coach of the Year.
"In going thru this process, I was looking for the right fit, and for someone to help elevate our program at the conference level and beyond," said Watkins. "I believe I have found that in Sam. He brings a great amount of energy and enthusiasm to our cross-country and distance program, and has had success at every place he has been. I am extremely excited to have him join us."
Before joining the ACU staff, Burroughs was the assistant cross country coach and an assistant track and field coach at Iona College (N.Y.) for three seasons.
Burroughs helped lead the Gaels to unprecedented success from 2005-08 as he was part of a program that posted three straight top-four finishes at the NCAA Division I national cross country championship meet.
While at Iona, Burroughs helped coach the Gaels to three straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles and helped the women's program to its third straight MAAC title.
In track and field, Burroughs coached 13 individual qualifiers for the NCAA Division I indoor and outdoor track and field championships, including three in the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters at the 2008 outdoor championship meet. He coached 13 All-America athletes at Iona and saw 31 male athletes and 25 female athletes claim individual MAAC championships.
Burroughs, who earned his B.S. in exercise physiology in 2000 from the University of Buffalo in 2000, competed as a top member of the school's distance teams. Burroughs remained at Buffalo for graduate work, earning his Master of Science in human performance in 2002. He replaces Dr. Robert Vaughn who left North Texas last month.