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Dr. Jack M. Toms
Director of Athletics 

Dr. Jack M. Toms begins his 26th year as the athletic director of Lynchburg College in 2013-14. This is his 35th year serving the college. One of the most decorated athletic coaches in the country, Toms retired from coaching in the spring of 2010 only to continue leading the highly successful Hornet athletic department. Named athletic director on July 1, 1989, Toms has helped improve LC athletics dramatically with numerous teams and individual student-athletes achieving national recognition with enhanced success across the board.

Since he assumed leadership as athletic director in the summer of 1989, Lynchburg College has won over 100 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championships, an unrivaled mark. Hornet teams have earned over 40 trips to the NCAA Tournament over the same time period. In 2010, the LC men’s soccer team played in the NCAA Division III championship game a year after the women’s soccer team powered its way to the national semi-finals. Hornet softball played in the Division III World Series in 2008 while Ricky Flynn was crowned the national champion in cross country after a record-breaking 2009 campaign.

Toms has also overseen expansion in all areas of the athletic department including a growth in staff, coaches, budgets, athletic training services, and facilities. Shellenberger Field was revamped in 2006 which added new features such as a large, artificial turf field, a new state-of-the-art eight-lane track, and increased spectator capacity of 3,000. Upgrades also took place at Fox and Moon Fields, along with refurbished practice fields.

Several coaches have taken home honors in recent years such as Chris Yeager who was named the 2010 Division III National Soccer Coach of the Year. Many of the coaching staff serves on NCAA committees both nationally and regionally while remaining active in community service.

Helping direct LC as a perennial ODAC Commissioner's Cup winner, an award which is given to the top overall athletic program in the conference, Lynchburg has won the men’s title the last five years and has won the overall title in 2001 and in 2002. He has served as vice president and as President of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and holds level I, II and III certification in leadership from the National Association of College Directors of Athletics.

Toms is the most successful coach in the history of LC athletics, with 67 conference and 26 NCAA Regional Coach of the Year awards, and transformed the LC runners into a nationally-competitive program. He was recognized in 1995 as the Commonwealth of Virginia's top track and field coach with the Walt Cormack Award from the Virginia Military Institute for success at the college level. Dr. Toms was inducted into the Lynchburg College Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. He will be enshrined in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame in December of 2010.

Having coached the track and field teams for 31 years, Toms never had a year in which he did not qualify an individual or team for the NCAA national meet. He produced 88 All-Americans and 12 National Champions. His men's track & field teams swept the conference indoor and outdoor competitions in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010 - with squads winning by large margins. He had 27 indoor and outdoor track sweeps and his teams under won 38 of the last 41 league titles, and he has mentored the Regional and NCAA MVP. He coached 11 NCAA South/Southeast Regional Athletes of the Year in track and five in cross country and has served as the regional representative for many years. Dr. Toms mentored three National Athletes of the Year as well as the national champion in cross country in 2009.

In addition, Dr. Toms served as head women's cross country/track and field head coach for nine years. His women's indoor and outdoor teams won 12 out of 18 ODAC titles with nine All-Americans along the way and two South/Southeast Regional MVP.

Coach Toms won 13 ODAC Cross Country Championships and four NCAA Regional Championships during his tenure. He had four NCAA Regional MVPs and one NCAA Champion in the sport. The College's outdoor track and field complex has been named after Dr. Toms for the national attention he has brought to the school.

He was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame on December 15, 2010.

A 1969 graduate of Lynchburg College, he was team's MVP twice in his collegiate days and was the captain for three years. He has achieved the rank of full professor in the school of health science and human performance. Toms earned his master's degree from the University of Virginia and his doctorate from West Virginia University. He and his wife, Theresa, have two sons, Nathan and David.

Read the complete story of the induction of Dr. Toms into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame here.