BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Department of Athletics and Director of Athletics Randy Tenney is pleased to announce that Josh Lopitz has been named as the new head coach of West Virginia Wesleyan's Men's and Women's Track & Field teams.
Lopitz, a native of Leonardtown, Md., was a member of the Bobcat track team from 2013 through 2016, helping lead the program to league titles in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2016, he was awarded the Jasmine Claggett "Teammate of the Year" Award in a vote of team members.
This past year, Lopitz served as an assistant for the track program while working as an Admissions Counselor full-time. He was a two-time league scorer for the team in the discus throw.
"I'm really looking forward to this extraordinary opportunity and to help lead the team another championship season," Lopitz said. "We have a solid freshmen class coming in to join our upper-class leaders to carry on the Bobcat Tradition."
Lopitz replaces long time head coach Jesse Skiles, who is stepping down after 25 years. Skiles will remain with the athletic department.
Skiles will remain the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams and will now become the new assistant sports information director.
"Coach Lopitz was a tremendous team guy as an athlete and also as an assistant coach," Skiles said. "I give him my full support and confidence moving forward."
Skiles coached a record 63 conference title teams, 34 of which came in track and field. He has been named Coach of Year 52 times.