CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A familiar name across the West Virginia running community has assumed a new role, but remains in the Kanawha Valley as the University of Charleston named Nick Bias its men's track and cross country coach Friday.
Bias, who has coached cross country at George Washington High School for two seasons and track at Scott for seven seasons, will guide the reinstated Division II Golden Eagles men's running program that will begin competing this fall after UC cut the men's teams in 2007.
"I've always wanted to coach in college," the 29-year-old Bias said. "That's been a dream of mine.
"I think it's awesome to be able to stay in this area. I love this city and this area and this community. A lot of my running friends and running community is here. I think Charleston is a great place for running. There's a lot of different things you can do here."
Bias said his first goal is to share that vision with recruits as he works to field a roster.
"Really, I have nobody in there now on the team, so I have a long road ahead of me to get kids in," he said. "That's going to be the biggest thing this spring, is just recruiting kids to come in."
UC athletic director Dr. Bren Stevens announced the addition of the men's running program Dec. 4. UC plans to compete in both sports for the 2014-15 Mountain East Conference season.
In a release posted to the Golden Eagles website Friday, Stevens said Bias brings plenty of positive attributes to the program.
"I was most excited to be able to secure Nick Bias as the next coach of our men's track and cross country team," she said. "In addition to having excellent coaching skills, Nick is a very well respected runner in the Charleston community as well as within the state of West Virginia."
Since accepting the position, Bias said he's begun to contact athletes and he enjoys the recruiting process.