Sept. 17, 2012
BEAUMONT – When head coach Trey Clark began his search for a new assistant, a name came up early and often, and on Monday, Clark went with the initial recommendations, as he announced the hiring of assistant coach Darren Gauson to the Lamar Track and Cross Country programs.
“Darren was recommended to me very early,” Clark said. “And once he expressed an interest in us, we were very interested. He came from a quality program, and he was a great athlete for them. He’s a great recruiter, and I think his coaching philosophy is very similar to mine. I think he’s going to be a great fit.”
“I’m ecstatic to be hired, and I look forward to helping grow the programs here,” Gauson said. “I think we have the ability to be a national level program on both the women’s and the men’s side, and that’s what attracted me here. There’s been a lot of success here in the past, and I’m hoping to help progress it to further.”
In four years as an assistant for Butler University, Gauson helped develop and maintain one of the most successful programs in the Horizon League, including helping to continue a streak of 14 consecutive men’s cross country championships which also featured a 29th-place finish at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in 2008.
He was also pivotal in developing the sprinters and hurdlers for the track teams, helping Butler to its best-ever finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2009. In his time with BU, he saw his athletes break four school records and helped in the recruitment and development of Kirsty Legg, who went on to become just the third-ever female track All-American for Butler.
Even though his coaching accomplishments speak for themselves, Gauson, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, enters with a strong reputation as a recruiter.
“Being from Scotland, I recruited internationally often at Butler,” Gauson said. “I already have contacts in Britain obviously, and I have contacts in Europe and Australia as well. One thing I was really happy with at Butler before I left was the regional recruiting, and it’s something that I plan on continuing here at Lamar in addition to maintaining our great success at recruiting international athletes.”
Prior to joining the staff, Gauson was a standout runner for the Bulldogs from 2006-2008, earning a Horizon League Championship in the 1,500 meter run in 2008 and qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the event in both 2007 and 2008. He was also a two-time Scottish National Champion in the 1,500, winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005.