BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the resignation of head cross country and track and field coach Desmond Pierce. Pierce has accepted the director of compliance position at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn.
While earning his MBA from King during the 2014-15 academic year, Pierce served as a volunteer assistant coach, and was hired in 2016 as the full-time assistant coach. As an assistant, he helped coach a pair of national qualifiers and multiple conference champions, before being named head coach prior to the 2018-19 academic year.
"I'd like to thank David Hicks for giving me the opportunity three years ago to be an assistant coach, and for believing in my vision for the programs and selecting me to be the head coach in 2018," said Pierce. "I'm excited and blessed with this opportunity at Trevecca Nazarene University to be their director of compliance."
In his only year at the helm of the programs, Pierce led the Tornado to a resurgent season. The women's cross country team finished third in Conference Carolinas, their highest finish since 2014, with Kirstin Barton earning All-Region honors and Kaitlin Rivera earning the Conference Carolinas Elite 23 award for the highest GPA at the championships. In track and field, Braidon Miller set several school records on his way to earning a spot on the All-Region team, and Barton posted four all-conference performances.
"While I am sad to lose Desmond's leadership of our programs, I can confidently say that he has impacted our student-athletes and programs this year," said Hicks. "Desmond is one of the top young coaches in the region, and will excel in his role as an administrator at Trevecca Nazarene."
King will immediately begin a national search for Pierce's replacement.