Tallahassee Community College Welcomes Local Face To Coach Women's Cross Country

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 20:04:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - In October, Tallahassee Community College announced that they'd be moving from four sports to five, as women's cross country was added to the Eagles' slate of sports offered.

Five months later, a coach has been named, and TCC didn't have to go far to find him, as longtime Maclay head cross country and track coach Gary Droze has accepted the offer.

Droze will continue to coach and teach at Maclay, where he's won twenty State Championships in boys and girls cross country and track, as the TCC job is part time, but it's full speed ahead for Droze, as the Eagles are set to start competing in August.

Cross Country is the first sport added at TCC in over twenty years, and Athletic Director Rob Chaney said to add a sport that has success at the local high school level, and get a local guy to coach it, was the perfect situation.

"You sense the passion that one, he has for the sport, two for the student athletes he works with, and third teaching the sport to that group," he said Monday. "He kind of takes a holistic approach to it and making it a life long commitment for those young men and women. So as we start up a women's cross country program at TCC, a lot of things really made Gary perfect for us as we start a program and I know he's excited to have that opportunity."

Droze will be formally introduced on Tuesday.