Northwest Missouri State cross country and track and field has a new leader.
Director of Athletics Andy Peterson announced Brandon Masters as the next coach of the two programs in a press release Wednesday.
Masters spent the previous two years as a co-head coach at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
“I know this track and field and cross country program has the potential to be great,” Masters said. “I promise to bring leadership and a work ethic that will match the success already achieved by this school and athletic department. This team will be a family defined by hard work, a team-first culture, and a desire to be the best, together.”
Masters arrives to Northwest on the verge of the completion of the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse. The indoor track and field team is one of the athletic programs that will benefit most of the facility.
Previously, the team had practiced inside Bearcat Arena and on the Herschel Neil Track.
"This is a one of a kind opportunity to be part of opening the brand new 300-meter track in the state-of-the-art Hughes Fieldhouse,” Masters said.
At UCCS, Masters and co-head coach Ross Felllows were named as the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference (RMAC) indoor women’s track and field coach of the year in 2018. His team finished 13th in the NCAA Division II National Championship meet that season.
Under Masters’ three-year leadership, 25 school records were set. He also coached one of his athletes to an outdoor track and field national champion.
“He has proven success as a head coach in developing student-athletes, not only as individuals, but as a team that performs both on the track and in the classroom,” Peterson said. “I'm excited for the holistic future of our track and field and cross country programs under Coach Masters' leadership."
Masters replaces longtime coach Scott Lorek, who announced his retirement earlier this summer.
The first meet under Masters’ leadership is Aug. 31, as Northwest Cross Country hosts the Bearcat Open.