The University of West Georgia and Director of Athletics Daryl Dickey have named Ryan Bailey as UWG’s new head coach for the women’s track-and-field, and the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Bailey will take over the programs just before the beginning of preseason workouts for the 2017 cross country season.
“Coach Bailey is somebody who has a lot of collegiate experience and is from our state and has a wealth of familiarity with our program and the people we compete against on the course and track as well as in recruiting,” said Daryl Dickey. “Additionally, Ryan brings a strong background in the distance programs and we are very confident that he can continue to build on the past success of our running programs and elevate them to the next level.”
Bailey brings an impressive background to his new position at UWG. For the past 15 seasons he has been the head coach for men’s and women’s cross country teams, and was the women’s track head coach at Division I Mercer University in Macon. At Mercer, athletes under Bailey’s guidance set and re-set school records in distances ranging from 800 meters all the way to the 10-kilometer distance.
“I’m very honored to be hired and chosen for this position and I’m extremely excited to get started with the programs and am looking forward to the transition,” said Ryan Bailey. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Hawkins, who has been very successful and I am confident we will make a great team.”
Beyond his coaching duties at Mercer, Bailey spent two years (2005-07) as the head of the school’s strength and conditioning program. In addition to his position at Mercer, Bailey has served as an instructor/lecturer for USA Track & Field, concentrating on sports psychology, bio-motor skills for speed/power, physiology, race walking, and endurance.
While Bailey’s teams and student-athletes succeeded on the track and course, they also excelled in the classroom. Both his men’s and women’s teams at Mercer received Atlantic Sun Conference and NCAA All-Academic honors. Also, in 2009 Bailey received NCAA public recognition for his program’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) being in top 10 percent of all Division I programs.
Bailey is an alumnus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1996, earning a bachelor of science degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences.