Ley Fletcher will begin his 12th season as the Head Track & Field Coach, and seventh as the head cross country coach at Lees-McRae at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.
Fletcher was named the Head Track and Field coach for the Bobcats on Aug. 21, 2008.
"We are excited about having someone with Ley's passion and knowledge for track and field, as well as his desire to be a part of our athletic department here at Lees-McRae," McPhail said. "With our location, resources, and track and field complex we think our program should be among the best and with him here, I think we are on our way."
Fletcher leaves Coker College after seven years at the helm of the cross country programs. "It was a very difficult decision whether or not to leave Coker," said Fletcher. "Coker has been a great place to coach, and I feel much more prepared to recruit and coach student-athletes from across the country thanks to Coker."
During his time at Coker, Fletcher led the Cobra men and women to the top in both Conference Carolinas and in the Southeast Region. As recently as 2006 the men finished third in the conference and fifth in the region, while the women finished as high as fourth in the conference and sixth in the region.
Fletcher's commitment to academics is impressive as well with eight Academic All-Americans during his time at Coker, two All-Region selections and numerous All-Conference members.
"Ley is committed, and understands the DII philosophy of the balance between academics and athletics," McPhail said. "His experience at a small private college will help us in recruiting and developing those who are the right fit for Lees-McRae's campus, community and track and field program; we look forward to this new chapter in the program."
Before arriving to Coker College, Fletcher spent three years at Meridian Community College as the Head Track and Field Coach. In the spring of 2001 his men's track team finished 21st in the country, with four NJCAA All-Americans. While in 2000 the women's track team placed 16th in the outdoor championships.
In 1999 at Meridian the men's track team finished 4th in the country in the indoor championships and 9th at outdoor championships. Led by long jumper Miguel Pate who was ranked nationally as well as in the world and is currently representing the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Fletcher attended the University of Mississippi before graduating from Athens State College with a degree in Physical Education. He is a USA Track and Field Level I and II Track and Field Certified Coach.
Lees-McRae College reinstated their track and field program in 2001 and has had success with their athletes qualifying for the national championships. They have had one All-American plus ten athletes qualify for either the indoor or outdoor DII track and field championships.
Lees-McRae College’s Head Track & Field Coach Ley Fletcher announced the hiring of Brooks Rexroat as Associate Head Track & Field Coach on January 14, 2020. Rexroat brings over a decade of coaching experience at a variety of different levels to Lees-McRae’s coaching staff.
“Brooks has a great bit of experience across the board in multiple events,” said Fletcher. “He brings a great wealth of knowledge in the sprint, hurdle and field event areas. He also brings professionalism with him when it comes to communicating with student-athletes from his years of being a college professor and assistant track and field coach. I also believe with his philosophy of coaching and teaching at small private colleges is going to allow him be very successful. I believe Coach Rexroat can boost us to the next level of our conference standings in the near future.”
Rexroat most recently served as an Assistant Track & Field Coach at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. In that position, he specialized in working with student-athletes who competed in sprinting and jumping events. During his two year tenure at the school, he helped coach eight All-Conference performers, five conference champions and a student-athlete to a NAIA “B” national qualifying mark.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to train a fine group of young athletes and work alongside Coach Fletcher to continue this program’s growth,” said Rexroat. “Lees-McRae has produced some tremendous athletes and performances in recent years, and I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to that rich tradition.”
In addition to his stop at Brescia, Rexroat also has collegiate coaching stops at his alma mater Morehead State and at Tennessee Tech. Furthermore, Rexroat has also spent a good deal of time as a coach at the high school level making stops at Daviess County High School in Kentucky, Batavia-Clermont Northeastern High School and Fairfield High School in Ohio.
“My family has deep Appalachian roots, and so this campus and Banner Elk feel like home—the motto In the Mountains, Of the Mountains, For the Mountains has a strong resonance for me,” Rexroat added. “I was attracted to Lees-McRae by the training facilities, the gorgeous campus and its strong and growing slate of academic programs, the warmth of the folks in the community, and—more than anything—the enthusiasm of the athletes and athletic staff. I’m very much looking forward to working alongside our students as they pursue their academic and athletic goals.”
Rexroat owns a Bachelor’s Degree in communications from Morehead State University and a Master’s Degree in creative writing from Southern Illinois University. He was also certified by the USA Track & Field (USATF) as a Level I coach in 2006 and in 2008 he was certified as a level II coach in sprints, hurdles and relays.