BUCKHANNON -- Long time West Virginia Wesleyan track and cross country coach Jesse Skiles has stepped down after 25 and a half years at the helm of the Bobcats. He has accepted the position of Director of Athletic Fundraising at Glenville State College.
Skiles' teams have captured a record 64 Conference Championships, and he has been named Coach of the Year 53 times. He presided over two dynasties, the Glenville State teams in the late 80's, and the Wesleyan teams over the last two and a half decades.
His coaching career ended on a high note, as Wesleyan swept the MEC Track Championships last Spring, and the WVWC Women captured the MEC Cross Country title in October. He had 34 National Qualifying individual spots over his career, ten of which made All-American. Wesleyan has swept all four MEC Track Championships since the conference was formed.
Skiles acknowledged that he is most proud of the academic success his teams have accomplished over the years.
In recent years, Skiles has also helped the Athletic Department with Sports Information work, and Game Day Management. He is a long-time committee member on both the WVWC and GSC Hall of Fame Committees.
West Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Director Randy Tenney stated, "The hard work Jesse has put in over the years is greatly appreciated by the department". He added, "The impact he has had on the lives of hundreds of students is truly remarkable."
"I want to thank the Wesleyan community for all the memories. Me and my family have been very blessed," Skiles said. "I will never forget all of the wonderful athletes who put in so many hours of work."
Josh Lopitz, a former athlete of Skiles' has taken the reins of the track job. A replacement for the cross country position will be announced at a later date.
"I wish him well," Skiles noted.
Skiles is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and DuPont High School. He ran in college at Glenville State.
"I am leaving a great school, and a great program...it is never easy, especially at my age," Skiles said. "But it is something special to get to return to my alma mater and where I started coaching."