Kunle Lawson, a former NCAA Division III student-athlete and assistant coach with more than 15 years of track & field experience at the college level, was named Capital University head men's and women's track & field coach on Sept. 7, 2011. He was promoted to director of cross country/track & field in July 2012.
Since Lawson took over at the helm of the track and field programs, the Crusaders have broken 33 school records, including 19 on the women's side and 14 on the men's. He has mentored three NCAA Division III Championship qualifiers, including Joshua Woods (2012 outdoor, long jump) for the men and Emily Sheets (2013 outdoor, discus throw) and Emma McCarron (2013 outdoor, 3,000-meter steeplechase) for the women. McCarron was tabbed an All-American in 2013 following her seventh-place finish in the steeple.
Lawson began his oversight of both the cross country and track and field programs during the 2012-13 year. Cross country stalwart Emma McCarron qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season and set program bests in both the 5- and 6-kilometer races along the way. Lawson guided the women's track and field program to a fourth-place finish at the OAC Indoor Championships and seventh place at the conference outdoor championships. The men finished 10th (indoor) and ninth (outdoor) at the two meets.
In his first season at the helm, Lawson guided the Crusader
women to fifth-place finishes at both the OAC Indoor and Outdoor
Championships. The women won the Capital Challenge (Jan. 14) and
placed second at the Division III All-Ohio Championships (Feb. 11).
The Capital men placed 10th at both conference meets and were
victorious at the Capital Challenge (Jan. 14) and the Mount St.
Joseph (Outdoor) Invitational (March 23).
Prior to Capital, Lawson had served as assistant track & field/cross country coach at the University of Richmond since 2007. While at Richmond, Lawson mentored several conference champions, as well as a handful of regional and national qualifiers, in a number of events.
As a student-athlete, he was a two-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion in the discus during his four-year career at Lynchburg (Va.) College.
Prior to Richmond, Lawson held assistant coaching positions at the Ohio University (2005-07) and Lynchburg (1997-2003).
Lawson also has a variety of experiences in strength & conditioning, serving short stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs minor league affiliates in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
Lawson earned a bachelor’s in business management from Lynchburg in 1997, and returned to the school to earn a bachelor’s in exercise physiology in 2005. He received his master’s in coaching education from Ohio University in 2007.
Lawson holds several certifications from various organizations, including a USA Track & Field Level II Certification in throws, jumps and combined events.
|Year||Men's OAC Finish||Women's OAC Finish||NCAA Qualifiers|
Track & Field
|Year||Men's Indoor||Women's Indoor||Men's Outdoor||Women's Outdoor||NCAA Qualifiers|
|2011-12||10th||5th||10th||4th||Josh Woods (Outdoor, Long Jump)|
|2012-13||9th||4th||9th||7th||Emily Sheets (Outdoor, Discus)|
|Emma McCarron (Outdoor, 3,000-meter steeplechase)|