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Sykes Hired as Liberty Assistant Track/XC Coach

December 1, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dr. Tim Sykes

Dr. Tim Sykes

Liberty Track & Field Head Coach Brant Tolsma has announced the hiring of Dr. Tim Sykes as an assistant track & field and cross country coach. Sykes, who will coach the Flames' men's distance runners, has spent the last three years coaching at Ohio.

"We are excited to welcome Coach Tim Sykes to our staff," stated Tolsma. "He is a serious and dedicated coach who is ready to work hard to help raise our male distance performances to the place that he and I both believe they can go. Our goal is to consistently have a shot at qualifying the team for cross country nationals, and I believe Dr. Sykes has the knowledge and work ethic necessary to lead that effort. He understands and embraces our team mission to excel for the glory of the Lord."

Sykes, who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Ohio track & field teams in 2004, returned to the Bobcats as a volunteer assistant for cross country and track & field in 2013. In July 2015, Sykes was promoted to assistant women's cross country and track & field coach, taking over all coaching duties for the Bobcats' women's distance runners.

In between his stints at Ohio, Sykes spent eight years coaching in the Commonwealth, culminating with the 2012 season, when he served as VMI's head cross country and assistant track & field coach.

Prior to that, Sykes was a volunteer assistant at VMI (2004-07), a volunteer assistant at Virginia Tech (2007-10) and an assistant cross country and track & field coach at VMI (2010-12).

A native of Amanda, Ohio, Sykes competed in cross country and track & field at Rio Grande from 1999-2003. He then completed his final year of eligibility at Ohio (2003-04).

Sykes, a USA Track & Field Level I Coach, has also been active in education. He was the coordinator of UVA-Wise's health and physical education program during the 2012-13 academic year. Sykes has also taught a variety of college courses at Ohio, VMI and UVA-Wise.

Sykes has earned three degrees, beginning with a bachelor's in multi-age physical education licensure from Rio Grande in 2003. The following year, he completed a master's in recreation, sport sciences & pedagogy: coaching education at Ohio.

In 2011, Sykes graduated from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. in education, curriculum and instruction: health promotion & sports performance. His dissertation was entitled, "The Effect of Training Protocols on Satisfaction and Performance of Collegiate Distance Runners."

Sykes will officially begin his time on Liberty's staff in January 2017.