Morehead State alum Clay Dixon has been appointed to lead the Eagle cross country and track and field programs as interim head coach for 2019-20.

Morehead State's cross country teams begin the 2019 campaigns Saturday at the RedHawk Rumble at Miami (Ohio).

He takes over after former head coach Stephen Picucci who resigned recently to accept a head coaching position in Missouri. After his running career, Dixon has served on the coaching staff for the past two years.

Dixon's staff for 2019-20 includes returning coach Raine Wireman, a graduate assistant who ran collegiately at Kentucky. Harry Adams, a four-time All-American sprinter who set Auburn's 100-meter school record at 9.96, is also an assistant coach this season.

Dixon joined MSU after being a member of the cross country and track teams from 2012-17. He was a part of the men's 4x800-meter relay school-record squad his freshman year. Dixon competed at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in track and field three times.

Originally from Winchester, Dixon graduated from George Rogers Clark High School. Clay graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from MSU in 2016 and finished his Masters of Arts in Wellness Promotion at Morehead State in December 2017. Dixon wrote his masters thesis on the effects of anthropometric measurements on NCAA Division I track athletes.

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