Steven Cary enters his fourth season at the helm of the Bobcats, and his eighth total season with the team, holding an already impressive resume. In Cary's first three years in charge, the Bobcats have excelled athletically and academically.
The 2017 campaign was one of the best in program history, highlighted by Katherine Yost becoming the first PBC Runner of the Year in program history. The PBC Champion, Yost was All-Region for the second time and made a run at nationals for the second time as well. She led the women’s team to a third-place finish in the PBC race and eighth at the NCAA Regional, both program bests since 2009. The men’s squad also finished third at the PBC Championship, getting a program-first three All-PBC honorees in Shawn Olmstead, Collin Silliman and Brennan Silliman. Brian Skoglind earned the first PBC Elite-15 honor in program history for top GPA in the league. The men took ninth at regionals.
In Cary’s three seasons, he has coached the PBC Women’s Runner of the Year, four All-Southeast Region honors and five All-PBC Team selections. Over those three seasons, 29 have taken PBC All-Academic awards as well.
The Bobcat Women were sixth at the PBC race in 2016. Yost earned All-Southeast Region, All-PBC and was the first Bobcat runner to ever qualify for the NCAA Finals. The GC Men took seventh at the PBC Championship and 12th at the NCAA Regional. Collin Silliman finished just 0.4 seconds away from All-PBC status.
The women's team finished eighth overall at the PBC Championships and ran in the NCAA Southeast Regional where they earned a top-15 finish, placing 13th. Yost earned an All-Region Team honor. On the men's side the Bobcats had one of the better seasons in school history. The men finished second at the Georgia College hosted Georgia DII Collegiate Championship, had two runners place in the top-20 of the Peach Belt Conference Championship to push the team to a fourth place finish. Paul McNeil was named to the NCAA All-Southeast Region Team as he led the team to a seventh place region finish.
In his role as assistant coach, Cary worked in all facets for the Bobcat Cross Country program, handling recruiting, training and running practices. He was also instrumental in forming the relationship to set up the Council Farm Cross Country Course, which will the host the 2016 Peach Belt Conference Championship.
Cary ran four seasons at Valdosta State University, and served as a Blazer student-assistant coach for the 2010 campaign. He received his undergrad degree in English from VSU and a Master’s in human performance at Georgia College in 2013.
Cary and his wife, Jordanne have three sons, Noah, Owen and Jonah. The Carys live in Milledgeville.
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