Penn State track and field: Longtime track and field/cross country coach Alford-Sullivan leaving Nittany Lions for Tennessee

From CDT staff reportsJune 24, 2014 

— One of Penn State’s longest-tenured coaches is moving on.

The university announced Tuesday track and field/cross country coach Beth Alford-Sullivan is leaving Penn State to take the same position at the University of Tennessee.

"Under Beth's leadership, our programs reached new heights in winning Big Ten Championships, NCAA individual titles and competing among the top teams nationally,” Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner said in a release.

Alford-Sullivan spent 15 years at Penn State where her teams won nine Big Ten championships and featured 158 All-Americans. During her time at Penn State, Alford-Sullivan garnered 32 Coach of the Year awards and her athletes won 88 individual Big Ten titles and four individual NCAA championships.

She started at Penn State as head coach of the women’s cross country and track programs in 1999 and took over coaching duties for the men’s team in 2006 following Harry Groves’ retirement.

"My 15 years at Penn State have been outstanding for both (husband) Jim and myself," Sullivan said in a release. "We have enjoyed all of our time here and will miss this Happy Valley tremendously. I would like to thank Penn State, the Penn State Athletic department, Penn State Track and Field/Cross Country and all of our friends, fans, alums and family associated for a great ride over the years. It has been an honor to represent Penn State and to wear the Blue and White each day. I will treasure all that I have experienced here forever.”

Joyner said Penn State will immediately begin a national search for Alford-Sullivan’s successor.

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