Head Cross Country Coach
Ashley Glover

Ashley Glover begins her fifth season as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach at Wingate University in the fall of 2019. She also serves as Wingate’s distance coach during the track and field season.

In 2018, the Wingate men’s cross country team was third in the SAC and sixth in the Southeast Region. Sophomore Micah Kipchumba was All-SAC and All-Region. Senior Dalton Cox joined Kipchumba on the All-SAC second team. The Bulldog women were sixth in the SAC and 11th in the region. Sophomore Julie Diaz was All-SAC second team. Three team members either made honorable mention All-SAC or SAC All-Freshman team.

In 2017, the Wingate men’s cross country team finished a program-best second place in the South Atlantic Conference championship meet. Three Bulldogs made the All-SAC teams, led by Kipchumba with his seventh-place showing. The WU women claimed third place in the SAC event, by led by first team all-league runners and Bulldog seniors Madison Hiatt (fifth) and Juliet Salgueiro (sixth).

Glover encourages her runners to achieve greatness off the cross country course as well. Senior Valerie Griesche was the 2018 SAC Woman of the Year, recognizing athletics, academics and service. She earned her second consecutive Academic All-America® recognition in June. Griesche and Nepolian Patel were the SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winners for both cross country and track and field during the most recent year.

In 2016, the Bulldog women claimed second in the South Atlantic Conference race and third in the NCAA regionals, giving the Navy Blue and Vegas Gold-clad harriers their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division II women’s national championship meet. Alyssa Johnson received her third Academic All-America® recognition, while XC teammates Griesche (women’s third team) and Jacob Troutman (men’s second team) and Valerie Griesche were honored for the first time in their respective careers.

In 2015, the Wingate women’s cross country team won its third consecutive SAC title, placing eight runners in the top 16. Six Wingate women received All-SAC laurels in 5K race, while the seventh and eighth Bulldog finishers earned honorable mention All-SAC. Johnson and Sam Haering finished second and third, respectively.

The Bulldogs earned their third consecutive trip to the national championship meet in 2015, finishing second in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional meet at the WU Cross Country facility. In the spring of 2016, Johnson was named Academic All-America® first team for cross country and track & field.

A native of Monroe, N.C. and a graduate of nearby Piedmont High School, Ashley Vaughn Glover joined the Bulldog family after spending two seasons as an assistant track and field and cross country coach for the Charlotte 49ers. Prior to her time at Charlotte, she was the assistant to the distance coach at the University of South Carolina for two seasons. Glover has deep ties to Wingate, as her mom (Marilyn Smith Vaughn) played tennis for the Bulldogs.

At Charlotte, Ashley Glover assisted in transitioning the program into its first two years as a member of Conference USA. The 49ers produced multiple all-conference performers in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track under her watch. While at USC, Glover helped the Gamecocks produce numerous NCAA qualifiers and NCAA scorers.

Glover is a 2010 graduate of Clemson University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in health science. She earned a Master of Science degree in sport and entertainment management at South Carolina (May 2012). In addition to her coaching duties at USC, Glover spent 18 months as an academic mentor in the Gamecock athletic department.

During her student-athlete days at Clemson, Glover ran cross country, indoor track and outdoor track four years each. She was a four-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She capped her Tiger career by helping Clemson win the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field championship title.

Ashley Glover and her husband Scott live in Monroe. The Glovers welcomed their first child (Jordan Grace) in September of 2018. They also love their dog, Jenna.

Sport Performance Coach
Zack Singleton

Coach Zack Singleton is on staff with Wingate University Athletics Sports Performance staff. He works with our track & field and cross country student-athletes in the weight room throughout the year. Coach Zack will serve as a reminder that weights can be implemented into distance training to improve running mechanics that enhance our performance through injury prevention, efficiency, and strength.

Prior to joining the sports performance staff, he was a member of the Wingate University football team. On the field he earned all-conference honors. In the class room, Coach Zack was both an Academic All-Super Region 2 honoree and a SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient.

Guest Speaker
Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott is a former professional track athlete who represented Brooks Running specializing in the mile and 1500m distances. He has broken four minutes in the mile 11 times in his career, and run a personal best of 3:36.6 in the 1500 (which equates to 3:53 for the mile). He has run 7:52 for 3k and 13:44 for the 5k, and was featured on the covers of both Runner’s World and Running Times within months of each other in 2014. He has finished fourth at both the USA Outdoor (2013) and USA Indoor (2015) National Championships, and despite battling injury the past three years, Matt’s dream is to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Track and Field Trials in the 1500m run.

Born and raised in Green Sea, South Carolina, Matt’s parents were his first cross country coaches all four years of high school, and instilled his love for teaching, coaching and running. After receiving his Master’s of Science in Sport and Fitness at Winthrop University while running track in his extra year of eligibility in 2008 (recording five school records which he still holds), Matt joined The Palmetto School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to work with elementary school children in grades K-2 who have been placed in DSS custody due to abuse, abandonment and neglect in the home.

Since moving back to Charlotte in 2015, he continues to work at The Palmetto School as their K-8 Physical Education teacher through their partnership with RunningWorks where he works full-time as the Program Director. RunningWorks is a regional sport for change non-profit that works to break cycles of abuse, poverty, neglect and homelessness in the Carolinas one stride at a time. Matt has also been coaching at Charlotte Country Day School since 2015. This Fall, he will start his 5th season in a new role as Head Cross-Country Coach and will begin his 4th season as the Distance Coach for the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams.

Guest Speaker
Ashleigh Griffin

Ashleigh will help make sure that we are ready to take care of our legs for the start of summer training by sharing her wealth of shoe knowledge.

She is currently on staff with Charlotte Running Company's Northlake Store. Prior to joining Charlotte Running Company, Ashleigh had a successful career at UNC Charlotte. During her time at UNC Charlotte, Ashleigh posted personal bests of 10:19 in the 3K Steeple, 4:38 1500, and 10:09 3K. She was the 2017 Conference USA Champion at the 3K Steeple.

Yoga Instructor
Lydia McCall

Lydia grew up in Hendersonville, located in Western North Carolina. She completed her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at UNC Greensboro and her master's degree in Recreation and Sport Pedagogy at Ohio University. While Lydia was highly active growing up and involved with multiple sports, she first found her passion for the fitness industry while working for UNCG's Department of Campus Recreation. This passion drove her to attain her masters degree in recreation, while also serving as the Graduate Assistant of Personal Training during her time there.

Her passion for yoga has been more recently discovered and since then, it has become one of her primary passions within fitness. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys trying other new forms of exercise, spending time with her family and friends, going shopping, and being outdoors with her dog, Winnie. She also has a passion for teaching yoga, POUND and functional training classes, and working with clients to help others reach their fitness and wellness goals.

Her passion for fitness and helping others has lead her to live by the mantra "the only bad workout you can have is the one you never do!"

Guest Speaker
Michael Arcidiacono

Michael Arcidiacono earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2009 and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University in 2015. He was born and raised in Rye, New Hampshire. He is an avid runner and runs anything from 5ks to ultramarathons. Mike enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, and being outdoors.

Mike is a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer for Select Physical Therapy’s Denver outpatient physical therapy clinic. Mike has successfully treated patients with various shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle, low back, and cervical spine injuries. He has experience with post-surgical rehabilitation, athletic injuries, return to sports, and sports performance. Mike enjoys treating patients of all kinds by helping them to optimize their function at work and at home.

Sports Psychologist
Dr. Patrick Young

Patrick's aim is to provide individuals with the psychological tools necessary to reach their full potential. He consults with athletes of all ages and ability/skill levels, business executives in areas of leadership, communication, and confidence building, and individuals within the performing arts.

Currently, he consults with the athletic department at UNC Charlotte, where he works with several of the athletic teams. He is also an associate professor of psychology at Wingate University and a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), American Psychological Association (APA; divisions 2 and 47) and the Association of Psychological Science (APS).

Camp Counselors
Wingate Athletes