BRISTOL, Tenn. — Peter Dalton, King University's cross country and track and field head coach, is leaving to become a Lipscomb University assistant coach in those sports.
Dalton will stay with the Tornadoes through May 31, coaching the team at the NCAA championships and assisting the staff in recruiting.
"I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the track and field coaching staff, and King University track and field and cross country team members, during my time at King," Dalton said in a statement from the university. "The accomplishments during my tenure have left me humbled many times at the talented and dedicated staff and athletes I had the privilege of leading."
In the past year, Dalton led the Tornado to Conference Carolinas titles in women's cross country along with indoor and outdoor track and field while guiding the men's track and field team to an indoor title. Dalton took the men's cross country team to the NCAAs in 2012. In 2010, the women's cross country team became the first King program to qualify for the NCAAs in the school's first season at that level.
He took over the men's and women's track and field programs in January 2011 and earned Conference Conference coach of the year honors in men's and women's indoor track and field.
Two of his track and field athletes qualified for the NCAAs later this month.
"I have no doubt the King University track and field and cross country will continue to dominate the conference and region and ultimately be a national powerhouse in the near future," Dalton said.
"Peter has been a tremendous asset to our department and our student-athletes. The success of our track and field and cross country teams athletically speaks for itself, but our teams have also performed exceptionally well in the classroom and been model citizens," said David Hicks, King's athletic director. "Peter will be missed, but we are excited for this opportunity for him to advance his coaching
career to the next level."