Four-Year Baccalaureate University Expands Leadership Of Graduate To Coach Its First Male Recreational Sports Offerings
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Michelle Simonson will serve as the university’s first head men’s cross country coach. A 2006 graduate, Simonson currently serves as the university’s head women’s cross country coach, a position she will continue to hold while leading the men’s cross country team. Simonson will be responsible for enhancing overall awareness of the university’s collegiate cross country program, as well as leading the recruitment process of prospective student-athletes for the 2012-2013 men’s and women’s cross country teams.
"To serve as head coach for both the men’s and women’s cross country teams of William Peace University is an honor," said Simonson. "As a former college athlete on this very same campus, I understand the mindset of these students and the desire to succeed as a student-athlete. I hope that my role will help guide them through success both on and off the field."
"The responsibility that lies with the head cross country coach could not be better suited for Michelle," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "Michelle has a passion for students that radiates, and she thrives off watching students excel. One of her greatest assets is her ability to take the reality of where a student currently performs and challenge and motivate them into the reality of where there potential lies as individuals, as a team and as contributors of this community."
As a student, Simonson received the 2006 Outstanding Graduate award, the Scholar Athlete award and the athletic department’s Frazier Cup, annually awarded to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics of a student-athlete.
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William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.
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