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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

July 16, 2004

Wooton Resigns From Track, Cross Country Position

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Boerigter announced the resignation of Vicki wooton, head women's cross country/track and field coach.

Wooton has been at Northwest since 1998. She served as head coach of the women's track and field program for seven seasons. She was in charge of the cross country program for six seasons. Wooton and co-head coach Bud Williams led Northwest to the 1998 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Indoor Track and Field Championship. She also shared MIAA Coach of the Year honors with Williams that season. Wooton coached the Bearcats' outdoor squad to an MIAA Championship in 1998 and earned conference coach of the year honors as well.

During her tenure, Wooton coached 11 All-America performers and one NCAA Division II Individual Champion in track and field.

Wooton decided to leave her post at Northwest when her husband, Joel, was named head men's basketball coach at Southeast Community College in Beatrice, Neb.

"We certainly understand and respect Coach Wooton's decision and wish her the best," Boerigter said. "Coach Wooton was a valuable asset to our department. We appreciated all her contributions over the past seven years."

A national search for a new head women's cross country/track and field coach has already begun, according to Boerigter.

"With cross country season starting in just a matter of weeks, we'll try to move as quickly as we can through this process," Boerigter said. "But it will be a thorough search to find the best possible candidate."

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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