Track and Field and Cross Country Coach Thomas Pope to Retire

Legendary York College track and field and cross country coach Thomas Pope will retire following the end of the 2011 school year after 14 years leading the Cardinals.

Coach Pope will go down as one of the most successful coaches to ever work at York.   His resume includes 21 CUNY Athletic Conference Championships combined between men’s and women’s cross country and track and field.  York College has captured 31 total CUNYAC titles, so more than two-thirds of all York’s conference titles came under Coach Pope’s guidance.

Since coming to York in 1997 Pope has had a number of notable accomplishments.  He led the women’s outdoor track and field team to four consecutive CUNYAC titles from 2007-2010 and in 2010 he pulled off the rare sweep of CUNYAC track championships, winning the indoor and outdoor titles for both men and women in the same season.  In addition, the men’s outdoor track and field team won three straight titles from 2000-2002.

Pope has coached six all-Americans during his tenure and a number of his athletes have transferred to Division I schools on athletic scholarships.  Michael Brown, an all-American at York in 2006, ran in the 2008 Jamaican Olympic qualifiers. 

“Coach Pope is a legend in his time and has been a phenomenal coach for us,” said York College Athletic Director Ronald St. John.  “I hope that he will consider staying on as a consultant to our future coach.  Keeping him around will hopefully keep us in championship mode.”

Coach Pope will be honored at the York College Athletics Awards Dinner on May 31st at 6:00 p.m. 

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