2016 ODAC Indoor Track and Field Men's Coach of the Year
Bill Cooper will begin his sixth season as the head mentor of the Randolph College cross country and track and field programs in 2017-2018.
In his time as head coach of the programs, the cross country and track and field teams have seen great success. Randolph's cross country teams has seen every record broken during that time. The men have set new top times and have seen runners finish in the top five of the Virgina 4-Miler on multiple occassions. The women have done the same, with multiple racers coming in at the top of the women's race in the Virginia 4-Miler.
That success during the fall has carried over to the winter and the spring, as in 2014, Cooper coached the inagural season of Randolph track and field. That year the team earned points at the both the Indoor and Outdoor ODAC Championships, setting up what would be a steady rise up the leaderboards.
In 2014-2015, the women's program saw an athlete earn second at the Indoor ODAC Championships, with it being the first medal for either program. However, it would not be the last on the sides.
The 2015-2016 season proved to be Coach Cooper's most succesful season yet. The men finished sixth at the ODAC Indoor Championships, which pushed Cooper to being named the Men's Coach of the Year. The outdoor season was just as impressive as the program had its first ODAC Champion. Anthony Quinn won the 110-meter hurdles and followed it with an impressive performance that saw the program have its first National Qualifier.
The WildCats continued their improvement during the following campaign. Quinn won the first Indoor title, and him and two other teammates received All-Region nods during the year. Cooper led the men and women to highs in points during the Outdoor ODAC Championships. Along the way, five more medals were won between the two programs. Quinn capped off the incredible year by becoming the first ever All-American in program history.
Cooper came to Randolph College in the summer of 2012 after four successful years as the women's track and field and assistant cross country coach at Trine University in Angola, Ind. While with the Thunder, he increased the roster sizes on each of the teams, while helping lead Trine to many accomplishments, including coaching a conference champion in the 200-meter dash.
Before his time at Trine University, Cooper worked as the head coach of both the men's and women's track and field teams at Muskingum College in New Concord, OH. He supervised more than 15 NCAA Division III national qualifiers, while mentoring three D-III All-Americans. He helped build the cross country team, taking it from 11 to 31 student-athletes. The track roster grew from 25 to 65.
Cooper also spent time as an assistant track and field coach at Colby College in Waterville, Maine as well as at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. Cooper received his B.S. in biology from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio where he competed on the track squad and soccer team. As a four-year letter winner, he earned All-American honors in the 400-meter run.