BELLEVILLE — Lindenwood-Belleville is on its second track and field coach before its inaugural season even begins.
Kelly Parsley this week was hired to lead the program, which will begin competing in the fall with the indoor season.
"It is very exciting to build a program from the ground up," Parsley said. "Lindenwood-Belleville has everything to offer and I am looking forward to introducing future student-athletes to the Lindenwood-Belleville experience."
Parsley, who was at Division III Webster University in St. Louis, replaced former Olympic hurdler Greg Foster, who was hired last July.
Lindenwood-Belleville Athletic Director Scott Spinner was excited about the hiring of Foster, 54, a big name in U.S. track and field.
Foster won the silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and won three World Championships in the event. Spinner was optimistic Foster's name recognition would help him quickly build Lindenwood-Belleville's fledgling program.
"We just decided to go in another direction," Spinner said. "I don't really want to comment on it too much."
Parsley's men's and women's teams at Webster University had five all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selections and nine all-SLIAC student-athletes.
Before his year at Webster University, Parsley was the men's and women's cross country coach at Lake Forest College from 2006-10. He was the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2006.
"We're really excited to have him," Spinner said of Parsley, who resigned at Webster University on May 20 after one season. "He's obviously been doing recruiting in the region, being that he was the coach at Webster."
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