BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State Athletics announced Tuesday a plan to honor legendary coach John Weaver with the creation of the John Weaver Endowed Scholarship.
App State Athletics has started the fund to benefit the Mountaineers’ track & field and cross country programs that excelled under the leadership of Weaver, a 43-time conference coach of the year. Alums of the university’s track & field and cross country programs, as well as other supporters of App State Athletics, are invited and encouraged to make donations to the fund.
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Weaver retired following the conclusion of the 2018 outdoor track & field season, capping his 47-year coaching career. He graduated from App State in 1971 and coached high school track & field while serving as a biology teacher before he returned to Boone in 1979 as a men’s graduate assistant who was earning his master’s degree in biology.
Weaver took over as the first head coach of the women’s program in 1982, became the head coach for both programs in 1995 and helped App State claim 78 conference championships, with three coming in the Sun Belt Conference and 75 occurring in the Southern Conference.
Since starting the women’s program 36 years ago, Weaver helped that program – including cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field – account for two NCAA Division I National Champions (twice in the 1500 meters), nine NCAA Division I All-Americans with 23 All-America performances, two Sun Belt Conference team championships (women’s indoor and women’s cross country), 14 Sun Belt Conference individual titles, 69 Sun Belt all-conference performances (46 in track and 23 in cross country), one Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honor, 373 Southern Conference individual champion performances, 928 Southern Conference all-conference performances, 34 Southern Conference MVP athletes, 45 Southern Conference team championships, 27 Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors and two Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors.
In the Southern Conference, the women’s program accomplished seven triple crowns by winning the league title in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in the same academic year. Weaver coached many accomplished women, highlighted by All-American Melissa Morrison-Howard, who won 12 SoCon individual titles and went on to earn a pair of Olympic bronze medals, and Mary Jayne Harrelson, the 1999 and 2001 NCAA champion in the 1500 meters.
After Weaver took over App State’s men’s program in 1995, the Mountaineers produced 10 NCAA Division I All-Americans, nine NCAA All-America performances, 178 Southern Conference individual champion performances, six Sun Belt Conference individual champion performances, 654 Southern Conference all-conference performances, 45 Sun Belt Conference all-conference performances, 29 Southern Conference MVP athletes, 30 Southern Conference team championships, one Sun Belt Conference team championship, 15 Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors and one Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor. In the SoCon, the men’s program accomplished four triple crowns.
Since joining the Sun Belt Conference, the men’s and women’s teams garnered 20 individual event titles and 100 all-conference honors under Weaver’s direction.