WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State University cross country/track & field assistant coach Antonio Wells will step in to serve as the Rams' interim strength & conditioning head coach. After three seasons of preparing the Rams cross country and track & field teams to compete on a national level, Wells will look to provide guidance to all of the Rams' NCAA Division II collegiate teams.
Coach Wells is no stranger the Rams as he has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Rams men's and women's cross country teams as well as the Rams' women's track & field program. During his time with the teams, the Rams have had plenty of success. During his tenure, the Rams women's cross country teams have had a pair of Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) All-Conference performances as well as a pair of top five performances in the CIAA Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet and the 2019 CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The team has produced 11 United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region selections and a USTFCCCA All-American during his tenure.
Wells is well prepared for the duties as he came to Winston-Salem State University with an impressive resume. He came to Winston-Salem State after two years at Morgan State University in the NCAA Division I's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). During his time with the Bears, he coached seven All-MEAC performers. Prior to joining the staff at Morgan State, Wells spent two seasons at Kentucky State of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). During that time, he helped guide the Thoroughbreds to several honors, including a third place finish at the 2014 SIAC Men's Cross Country Championship, a school record in the men's 800 m run and six individual and one relay United States Track & Field/Cross Country Association (USTFCCA) All-South Region honors. In 2015, he helped the Thoroughbreds produce two All-SIAC runners in cross country and eight NCAA Division II All-Americans. For his efforts, he was named the USTFCCCA South Region DII Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. He began his coaching career at his alma mater Fort Valley State where he coached for two seasons with the Wildcats. Alongside head coach Ella O'Kelley, he had a successful tenure, helping to produce four All-Americans, a three-time triple jump national champion, five SIAC champions, 24 All-SIAC outdoor track & field performers, and the runners-up in the 2011 SIAC Women's Track & Field Championship. He also helped to produce three school record-setting performances.
As a student-athlete, Wells had a tremendous career of his own. He was a three-time Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Conference performer at Fort Valley State University. He became the school record holder in the steeplechase and he was his team's 2008 Cross Country MVP.
Wells is a graduate of Fort Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
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