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Campbellsville University has promoted Hilary Lakes to head coach for men’s and women’s track and field, CU Athletic Director Rusty Hollingsworth announced Monday.
Lakes, the former Hilary Cebulko, will now serve as head coach for Campbellsville University’s men’s and women’s cross country programs, men’s and women’s indoor track and field programs, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field programs.
“I am happy to announce that coach Hilary Lakes has accepted the position of head coach for our track and field programs at CU. She has proven to us that her work ethic and care of student-athletes will carry on the strong program we already have in place,” Hollingsworth said.
Lakes, who has served as men’s and women’s cross country head coach since 2011, was named the interim head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field program in January. During her interim season, she was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year for women’s outdoor track and field after helping lead the program to its first-ever MSC team championship.
The CU women placed first or second five times during the outdoor season and once during the indoor season, while the men placed in the Top 5 four times, including a runner-up finish at the Lindsey Wilson College Invitational. CU’s women also set a program record for most All-America finishes in an NAIA meet with four Top 8 finishes in last week’s outdoor championships.
“I am thrilled to be in this position and am excited to see where the program will go,” said Lakes. “The men’s and women’s track programs have had a lot of great moments in the past and are growing in tradition. I can’t wait for the future.”
Track and field is the leading sport at Campbellsville for individual national champions with three outdoor men’s national titles, one indoor men’s national title and five outdoor women’s national titles — all in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The most recent national title came this season, with senior Tiosha Beasley repeating as the outdoor women’s long jump champion to win her third overall NCCAA title. CU also came close to winning its first NAIA national title, as freshman Keisha Chiles finished runner-up in the indoor long jump and outdoor triple jump competitions.
Lakes, a native of Bartlett, Ill., has served as the track and field program’s distance coach since 2009-10, when she came to CU as a graduate assistant. During that time, three runners qualified for the NAIA National Cross Country Meet in Vancouver, Wash. She took over the men’s and women’s cross country programs in 2010, leading CU to a third place finish in both the men’s and women’s Mid-South Conference Championships. In 2011, both CU outdoor teams placed second in the MSC Championships.
During her time as distance coach, Lakes has had four runners (Geovanni Popoca, Tawny Vilchis, Qualaun Reed and Natasha Janes) reach the Top 3 podium at the MSC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Prior to coming to Campbellsville, Lakes competed at North Central College in Illinois, where she served as captain of the cross country team in 2008. She also interned with the outdoor track and field coaching staff and in the athletic office.
Lakes earned her B.A. in sports management and human resources management at North Central in 2009 and completed her Master’s in Business Administration at Campbellsville in 2010. She holds a Level I certificate in USATF Coaching Education.