BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head track and field and cross country coach Amanda Williamson didn't have to look far to find an assistant coach as she announced the hire of Desmond Pierce this week. Pierce earned his MBA from King and was a graduate assistant under Williamson during the 2014-15 season.
"The staff and I are excited to have Desmond join," Williamson said. "He had a successful cross country and track career during his time at ETSU, and he will bring that knowledge and experience with him to the team. I believe he will be a great fit for our team and at King."
Pierce attended East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where he was a standout runner for the Buccaneers. He helped them to two Atlantic Sun championships while winning four gold medals at the Atlantic Sun indoor and outdoor track and field Championships. He was a four-time academic all-conference performer and was named to the ETSU Buccaneer Honor Roll all four years. A member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Pierce was the vice president of the ETSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2013-14 school year.
"I'm very blessed to have this opportunity to work for a great university like King," Pierce said. "I admire everything coach Williamson has done and I'm excited to work with her"
He then came to King where he helped the King women's cross country program win their third straight Conference Carolinas title and helped the men take a runner-up finish at the conference meet. In the spring, he helped the Tornado women finish third at the indoor conference championships, and fourth during the outdoor season. On the men's side, the Tornado finished fourth at the indoor conference championships and fifth during the outdoor season.
Pierce earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a minor in Sports Management from ETSU in 2015 and his Master of Business Administration in 2015.
"I want to thank God first then Mr. Hicks and coach Williamson for believing in my vision and wanting me to become part of this successful program," Pierce finished.