After leading Carver Vo-Tech High School in Baltimore to back-to-back Maryland 1A Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field State Championships in 2010 and 2011, Stephen Kimes has been named the new cross country and track & field head coach at Wesley College, Athletic Director Mike Drass announced on Tuesday. Kimes replaces Steve Pickering who coached the Wolverines since 2001.
In addition to leading the Bears to four State titles in his five years at Carver, Kimes also helped the inner-city school to six regional Track Championships and four-straight Baltimore City League titles. His student-athletes also won individual State titles in the 55m, 100m, 800m, long jump, high jump, triple jump, 55m hurdles, 300m hurdles, discus, 4x100m Relay and 4x200m Relay.
Kimes also coached the Maryland State record holders in the long jump, triple jump and Indoor 4x200m Relay. Several of his athletes are also nationally-ranked, including the top-ranked 55m sprinter in the Class of 2015.
At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Kimes was named the Baltimore Sun Metro Track & Field Coach of the Year. Also serving as a Physical Education teacher at Carver, Kimes was named the 2010-11 Carver Vo-Tech Teacher of the Year.
Prior to relocating to Baltimore, Kimes served as Assistant Athletic Director at Huntington (W.V.) High School from 2004 to 2006 and was the Head Girls Track Coach at Cammack Middle School from 2001 to 2005. At Cammack, he led the squad to titles in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
Kimes graduated in 2000 from Marshall University with a degree in elementary education and was a varsity letterman on the Thundering Herd's cross country and track & field teams. In 1997, Kimes was part of the Southern Conference Indoor Championship Team which included NFL wide receiver Randy Moss, who was named the SoCon's Rookie of the Year. Kimes then went on to earn his Masters from Marshall in 2005 in Health and Physical Education.