Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina track and field head coach Cale McDaniel has announced the hiring of Derrick Atkins as an assistant coach. He will be responsible for coaching the Catamount sprints, hurdles and relay groups.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Atkins to the Catamount Track family,” McDaniel said. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him to Cullowhee. He has proven himself to be an excellent sprint coach at this level and are very fortunate to have him work with our young people.”   

Atkins competed for the Bahamas in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter dash in both. He competed in three World Track and Field Championships, earning a silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the 2007 games with a Bahamas national record time of 9.91.

Prior to arriving at WCU, Atkins spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Kennesaw State University. At Kennesaw State, Atkins coached three NCAA East Regional qualifiers, 12 ASUN individual champions, 20 All-ASUN performers, multiple indoor and outdoor team championships and several school records.

Atkins attended Dickinson State University in North Dakota where he was a seven-time NAIA National Champion in the 55-meter dash, 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash as well as a 15-time NAIA All-American. Atkins was inducted in the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Dickinson State Hall of Fame in 2016.