NEW ORLEANS, La. – Long time App State track and field head coach John Weaver will be inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches Hall of Fame.
Weaver will be one of seven inductees in the Class of 2021. The USTFCCCA will officially induct the class into the Hall of Fame at the annual convention in Orlando, Fla. in December.
“The announcement that John Weaver will be inducted into the Hall of Fame is a great accomplishment and couldn’t be happening to a more deserving person,” said current App State track & field head coach Damion McLean. “With over thirty years of leading the cross country and track and field program at App State, he has left an enduring legacy.”
Weaver spent nearly four decades devoted to his alma mater coaching track and field and cross country. A 43-time Coach of the Year, Weaver took over as the first head coach of the women’s cross country and track and field program in 1982 and assumed duties as the overall men’s and women’s coach in 1995.
Weaver retired following the conclusion of the 2018 outdoor track and field season, capping his 47-year coaching career. He graduated from App State in 1971 and coached high school track and 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.
Since starting the women’s program in 1982, 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.
“This is a well-earned honor for a man who has given so much to our sport and university at every level,” said current cross country head coach and associate track and field head coach Michael Curcio. “When I was a high school senior visiting App State, he was the head women’s coach, assistant sports information director, assistant Yosef Club director and men’s assistant coach. I’ve watched him work with Special Olympians and athletes at every level. He continues to treat everyone in the sport with unwavering enthusiasm. I know this is a family affair for him, his wife Cyndi and his two sons. It was an honor to work for him for 24 years and I would like to congratulate him on this accomplishment.”
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.
Started in 1995, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame exists to recognize coaches who have brought great distinction to themselves, to their institutions and to the sports of cross country and track and field. Each honoree exemplifies the qualities of dedication to the sports, leadership and passion for their profession that serve as an inspiration to coaches everywhere in every sport.