Desmond Pierce '15
Desmond Pierce '15
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-6348
Year: 2nd Year
Previous College: ETSU '14

Pierce was named head coach of the cross country and track & field programs in April 2018.

Athlete Honors

  • 2 USTFCCA All-Southeast Region selections
  • 8 All-Conference Carolinas honorees
  • 1 Conference Carolinas Elite 23 Award winner
  • 20 Academic All-Conference Carolinas honorees
  • 3 Conference Carolinas Athletes of the Week
  • 1 ECAC Runner of the Month
  • 1 ECAC Rookie of the Month

Year-By-Year Season Recaps


Cross Country: The King women finished third at the Conference Carolinas Championships and 13th at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Kirstin Barton led the way for the Tornado, earning USTFCCA All-Southeast Region honors while Kaitlin Rivera earned the inaugural Conference Carolinas Elite 23 award for highest GPA at the championship site. On the men's side, King finished ninth at the Conference Carolinas Championships and 20th at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

Track & Field: The Tornado men finished fifth at the indoor conference championships and seventh at the outdoor championships. Braidon Miller earned USTFCCA All-Southeast Region honors during the indoor season in the shot put and weight throw. He set school records in both events. The women finished sixth at the indoor conference championships and seventh in the outdoor championships. Kirstin Barton led the way with four all-conference honors at the outdoor championships.

As An Assistant At King (2014-15, 2016-17)

Pierce joined the King staff prior to the 2016-17 season. Prior to King, he attended East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where he was a standout runner for the Buccaneers. He helped them to two Atlantic Sun championships while winning four gold medals at the Atlantic Sun indoor and outdoor track and field Championships. Pierce was a four-time academic all-conference performer and was named to the ETSU Buccaneer Honor Roll all four years. A member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Pierce was the vice president of the ETSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2013-14 school year.

In 2017, Pierce helped coach the men's cross country team to a third place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championship. He also helped Tanner Cook finish sixth at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, qualifying him for the national meet where he finished 109th. In the spring, he helped coach Vincent Okot to a pair of NCAA Championships appearances in the triple jump. Okot became King's first track & field NCAA All-American, finishing sixth in the triple jump at the indoor championships. During the outdoor season, Okot finished 10th at the NCAA Championships.

As a graduate assistant, he helped the King women's cross country program win their third straight Conference Carolinas title and helped the men take a runner-up finish at the conference meet in 2014. In the spring, he helped the Tornado women finish third at the indoor conference championships and fourth during the outdoor season. On the men's side, the Tornado finished fourth at the indoor conference championships and fifth during the outdoor season.


Pierce earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a minor in Sports Management from ETSU in 2014 and his Master of Business Administration in 2015 from King.