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Cycling - Thu, May. 31, 2012

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Chuck Coffey has stepped down as the Union College head cycling coach after over a decade at the helm.

"I would like to thank everyone at Union for all the great support over the years," said Coffey. "Everyone has been so supportive of all we've tried to do."

Coffey is leaving Union for personal reasons and to pursue other interests.

"We appreciate all that Chuck has done for Union and the department of athletics," said Union interim director of athletics Tim Curry. "Chuck has been a valuable member of the athletic department and of the Union College family. He will be missed, and we wish him all the best."

Coffey coached the Bulldog cycling program for a total of 11 years during two stints. He was the program's first coach during its inaugural season in 1998 but left after one year. He returned to Union in 2002 and led the program to two NCCA Division II National Championships, nine top five finishes and never placed lower than sixth during his tenure. The Bulldogs captured the national titles in 2002 and 2011 and recorded second-place finishes in 2009 and 2010.

Additionally, Union produced seven individual national champions under Coffey with four overall national champions, two cross-country national champions and one short track national champion.

"These have been some of the greatest years of my life," Coffey said. "Putting together a team is like working a puzzle, and I feel fortunate that I was able to find the right pieces to put together a winning program.

"The kids in the end deserve all the credit," he continued, "because I've had a great group of tremendous athletes. Their records speak for themselves."

Union has won seven conference titles and produced the Male Rider of the Year six times and the Female Rider of the Year twice during Coffey's tenure.

 
 
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