Cumberland director of athletics Ron Pavan named former team and staff member Britton Kinnard as the head coach of the cycling program effective immediately.
Kinnard takes over for Tim Hall, a former Cumberland baseball catcher who became the longtime cycling coach. Hall left the program this week to become head coach at Lees-McRae College.
Kinnard was a three-year team member for the Bulldogs and served as the program’s graduate assistant last year. The Carlisle, Pa., native became involved in competitive cycling in the early '90s, eventually making his way to Belgium in 1996 where he raced for various teams over several seasons, primarily the now defunct ICSA.
From there he competed throughout Europe in both amateur and professional races. He now lives in Nashville and continues to compete as a Category 1 road racer.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue being a part of the Cumberland Cycling team and continue to build on the amazing program Coach Hall has created,” Kinnard said. “We have an awesome team of riders returning this season and, as a team, we look forward to welcoming a solid group of new recruits. We plan to build on last year's success, including our eighth-place ranking in the national standings."
Kinnard received his bachelor’s in Business Administration from Cumberland in 2012 and just completed course work for his master’s in Business Administration at Cumberland this month.