WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) track and field teams has taken great strides to become prominent programs over the years both in the NAIA and Mid-South Conference (MSC). Floyd Stroud is in his twenty-first year as Head Coach of these programs at UC and has an immense amount of success to show for his tenure. On Saturday January 4, 2014, Stroud was inducted into the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (KTCCCA) and Kentucky USA Track and Field (USATF) Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the 2013 KTCCCA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Stroud graduated from University of the Cumberlands with a BS in Business and later earned his Master’s from Union College. As an athlete at Cumberland, he was named to the Outstanding College Athletes of America publication in both 1972-73 and 1973-74. He earned All-Conference and All-District honors his sophomore, junior, and senior years in both cross country and track. While competing in the NAIA national cross country championships, Coach Stroud helped lead his Cumberlands teams to high national rankings.
Since 1992, Stroud has led the men’s track team to qualify for NAIA national competition for the last 16 out of 19 years, making them the 3rd winningest program in NAIA history. The women’s teams have qualified for nationals 8 times since his beginnings as head coach, and since UC’s joining of the MSC, the program has won 12 championships. Also, the men’s cross country teams have had top 20 finishes in the NAIA national meet in 16 of the last 21 years.
Coach Stroud has been named the Mid South Regional Coach of the Year 9 of the last 13 years. While Coach Stroud oversees the entire track and field program, he specializes in coaching middle distance and distance runners where his athletes have earned over 81 All American honors in both cross country and track.
“I want to congratulate Coach Stroud on this well deserved honor of induction into the KTCCA Hall of Fame,” said University of the Cumberlands Athletic Director Randy Vernon. “Coach Stroud has done a remarkable job in is his role as head cross country and track and field coach at University of the Cumberlands. His dedication to his faith, family, and job is a true testament to the kind of person he is and a role model all of his athletes should try and emulate. I applaud the KTCCCA for their wisdom in recognizing Coach Stroud and congratulate Floyd on this tremendous honor.”
Stroud was inducted and accepted the above awards at the 9th annual USATF/KTCCCA awards banquet on Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky.
For more information on the Track & Field and Cross Country programs as well as all other Patriot athletics please visit http://www.cumberlandspatriots.com.