BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College interim director of athletics Tim Curry announced Peter Haile as the new head coach for the Bulldog cycling program recently.
"We are excited to have Peter join our staff," said Curry. "He
is young, ambitious and comes from a very successful program. We look forward
to seeing what his future holds here at Union."
Haile replaces long-time Bulldog cycling coach Chuck Coffey, who recently resigned for
personal reasons and to pursue other interests.
"I look forward to building on the excellent foundation laid
by Coach Coffey over the past decade," Haile said. "The Barbourville area is
absolutely phenomenal for training, quiet roads, epic trails and wonderful
Coffey had this to say of Haile: "I think he's going to do a
great job. I think he has everything he needs to be a great coach. Not only
does have a great knowledge of the sport, but he's a good communicator with the
kids and parents."
A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Haile is a graduate of
Lees-McRae (N.C.), where he also completed on the cycling team helping it to
strong finishes in NCCA Division I. In 2010, Haile placed seventh overall
individually as Lees-McRae finished second. He spent 2011 as an assistant,
helping guide Lees-McRae to a fourth-place finish while two male riders
finished first and second individually and one female rider took fifth.
"I left my coaching position at 10-time national champion
Lees-McRae College because I believe Union College to have all the elements
needed for rampant success," said Haile. "We'll be searching for many more
national championships in the coming years."
As an athlete Haile has raced at the highest level in mountain
bike, cyclocross, road and triathlon.
Union is a two-time NCAA Division II national
champion program, most recently capturing the 2011 title. In all, the Bulldogs
boast eight individual national champions and have posted 10 top-five team
finishes at nationals since the program began in 1998. Since 2000, Union has
placed no worse than ninth at nationals.