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 weather."
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.