June 3, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ed Beathea has announced his resignation as head coach of the men’s track and field and cross country programs at Ohio State, T.J. Shelton, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced Tuesday. Beathea will remain coaching the Buckeyes through the NCAA Championships which take place June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.

“The department of athletics would like to thank coach Ed Beathea for his leadership over the past eight years, including two as head coach of the men’s track field and cross country programs,” Shelton said. “We wish Ed and his family the best as they move forward with their next chapter of their lives. We will begin a national search immediately for the next head coach to lead our program.”

Beathea took over as head coach in June of 2012 after serving three months as interim head coach. He had previously served as associate head coach of the track and field program since 2006.

“My family and I will always be grateful for the opportunity The Ohio State University has provided me and the university will provide us with fond memories,” Beathea said. “I am leaving this program in a very positive place. We have built a strong team that has proven the ability to compete at a national level. It was a difficult decision but in the end it is a good decision for me and my family. Thank you for supporting me and our program.”