July 12, 2019 – by Oswald Brown, EditorSHARETWEETSHARE

MORROW, Ga. – Clayton State Athletics will see new leadership of its men’s and women’s track & field programs for the first time in program history as four-time Olympic medalist Chris “Fireman” Brown will assume those duties with long-time head coach Mike Mead being promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Alumni Engagement announced Director of Athletics Ryan Erlacher on Thursday, July 11. Mead will remain head coach for both cross country programs.

“We couldn’t have asked for two better individuals to promote into new positions,” said Erlacher. “Coach Mead has been a tremendous asset to our program for a number of years and having him involved on the administrative side will make our department better. He is a class act and will help us move the needle in a number of areas.”

“With Coach Brown’s background and experience, he too will make significant strides forward for our programs. He has an exciting vision for our track and field programs and I have no doubt he will do an exceptional job. Our student-athletes, campus community, and alumni will all benefit greatly from these promotions.”

Brown, who joined the program as an assistant coach prior to this past season, brings instant credibility to a program that has seen success at the national level throughout its 22 years under Mead’s leadership. A native of the Bahamas, “Fireman” as he is known has been a fixture on the international stage since the age of 20 when he competed in the first of five consecutive Olympic Games.

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