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Friday, July 02, 2010Chris “Campy” Pounds will join the Lipscomb track & field program as the newest full-time graduate assistant coach. Bill Taylor, Lipscomb’s track & field and cross country coach, made the announcement.
Pounds is from Abilene Christian University, where he finished second in the nation at the NCAA DII Championships in the decathlon.
Pounds has scored more than 7,300 points in the decathlon and ranks fifth on the Abilene Christian all-time list. He was a two-time All-American at Abilene and a member of two NCAA DII National Championship teams.
“I feel honored to be a GA/assistant coach at Lipscomb University and am looking forward to working with coach Taylor and his staff,” Pounds said. “As a part of the staff I hope to help improve the program and its athletes to reach individual and team titles.
“I look forward to passing on my experience as a decathlete to the members of the Lipscomb track team. I plan to help the athletes become successful both on and off the track. “
Prior to Abilene Christian, Pounds competed for South Plains College where he earned two NJCAA All-American honors, and won the NJCCAA National Championship in the decathlon his freshman year.
In 2009 he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and has worked for the Michael Johnson Performance Center since graduation. He will pursue a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Lipscomb while working with the track & field program.
Pounds is from Angleton, Texas where he competed in football and track & field.
“Campy is a terrific addition to our coaching staff,” Taylor said. “He understands the special environment at Lipscomb because he attended our sister school ACU. He has extensive experience coaching every event area, brings instant credibility with his national success in the decathlon, and has organizational experience with the Michael Johnson Performance Center. “
Pounds is the second new addition to the staff. Luke Syverson will be an assistant coach for both cross country and track & field. Both of them will start work Aug. 1. Buford Williams is already on board as a graduate assistant along with volunteer coach Kyle Willoughby.
“I’m really excited about the make-up of our coaching staff,” Taylor said. “I’ve won a National Championship as a coach, Luke has won three State Championships as a coach, Campy has been a part of two National Championship teams, and Buford is a former NCAA DI National Championship competitor. We have a coaching staff that understands what it feels like to win and what it takes to build a winning culture."
Full-time graduate assistant Buford Williams will focus on the jumps this year. Volunteer coach Kyle Willoughby will help with our javelin throwers.
With the flexibility and experience of Luke and Campy in all event areas, we are in a great position to help all of our athletes in every event area, as well as to dramatically enhance our recruiting efforts across the board.," Taylor said. “This is the next step in the rapid progression of this program and another message from our incredible administration that they are extremely supportive of what we are building here.”