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UNCW Track & Field Coach Jim Sprecher takes position at Lynchburg College

Track & Field Coach Jim Sprecher is taking a position in Virginia. (Source: UNCW) Track & Field Coach Jim Sprecher is taking a position in Virginia. (Source: UNCW)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

UNCW Track and Field Coach Jim Sprecher has accepted a position at Lynchburg College in Virginia, a division 3 school.

Sprecher has coached at UNCW for 19 years and said the university will have a place in his heart.

"We were able to accomplish a lot of things on and off the track," Sprecher said in a statement. "UNCW is a great university. I am going to miss the athletes, former coaches and alumni. I would like to thank the Wilmington community for their support over the last couple of months as we raised money to save our track and field program."

Sprecher will begin at Lynchburg College July 15 as the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country.

UNCW Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass released the following statement regarding Sprecher's decision:

We’re certainly grateful to Jim for his many years of service to UNCW Athletics. He built UNCW track and field into one of the most consistent programs in the CAA with limited resources, but always found a way. He leaves a legacy of hard work and unparalleled success that will be difficult to match.  We wish Jim and his family the very best at Lynchburg College and know he will do an outstanding job for the Hornets.

UNCW announced at the end of 2014 the track and field programs would be cut from the university. The track team, however, was able to independently raise enough money to keep the program alive for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

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