Young Harris to Reinstate Men's and Women's Cross Country

Young Harris to Reinstate Men's and Women's Cross Country

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. | Young Harris College Interim Director of Athletics Jennifer Rushton announced today the men's and women's cross country has been reinstated as varsity sports beginning in the Fall 2019.
 
Rushton also announced that former Mountain Lion head coach Barry Brown will return to direct both programs.
 
"I am extremely excited to announce Barry Brown's return to Young Harris College to start our men's and women's cross country programs," said Rushton. "Barry has been the only coach in the history of Young Harris cross country and we are fortunate to have him return. We are looking forward to watching Barry build these programs as they get ready to compete this fall."
 
With the addition of men's and women's cross country, which was discontinued in 2016, the Mountain Lions will now sponsor 15 sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis for men and women, baseball, softball and a co-ed competitive cheerleading program.
 
Brown will begin immediately and both teams will begin competing this fall.
 
"I would like to take the time to thank Randy Dunn and Jennifer Rushton for their hard work and efforts to bring cross country back to YHC," said Brown.  "I would also like to thank President Dr. Van Horn for supporting the addition of cross country and the opportunity to lead the program.
 
"It is an unexplainable feeling to walk back on campus and feel as if you never left," added Brown. "YHC is truly an enchanted valley filled with special people.  Stepping away for a couple of years has completely energized me to be back and better than ever.  I have so much respect for Young Harris College and all that it stands for. I remember how exciting it was to be part of creating the first ever cross country trail at YHC 13 years ago, and I can't wait to put competitive runners back on it. I'm proud of the past, but more than anything, I'm excited about the future of the program."
 
Brown had been the head coach of the YHC men's and women's cross country teams since their inception in 2006. 

Brown led the Mountain Lions to appearances in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals three consecutive years (2014, 2015, 2016). Young Harris also had three runners – Mathew Biwott (2015), Nancy Murgor (2015) and Tim Asis (2016) - qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship. All three runners also claimed won a Peach Belt Conference individual championship for the Mountain Lions.
 
Young Harris has had 12 Mountain Lions named the PBC Runner of the Week and has had 12 runners be named to the All-Peach Belt team.  Nicole Smith was named the Runner of the Year in the Peach Belt in 2012, while Asis did the same in 2016. YHC also has had eight runners named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named to the NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region team.

A long-time competitive runner himself, Brown has made several appearances in both the Chicago and Boston Marathons. Brown has now turned his attention to coaching as well as directing Warrior Running Camps.
 
Brown is married to Kathy Insel Brown, and they have children: Jensen, Brayden, Leyton and Breckyn.