WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - UNCW Athletics Director Jimmy Bass announced Monday that assistant coach Layne Schwier will serve as interim head coach for the cross country and track & field teams.
According to UNCW, this will be Schwier's 13th year associated with the university's running programs. He has been responsible for the distance programs while assisting former head coach Jim Sprecher.
"Layne has been an integral part of the program and is a great choice to lead the team moving forward," Bass told UNCW athletics. "Layne has worked closely with Coach Sprecher for many years and we're confident that he will provide a seamless transition for success in the program, both academically and athletically."
Sprecher accepted a position at Lynchburg College in Virginia earlier this month as the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country. He had coached at UNCW for 19 years.
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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