Thomas Cason begins his second year as the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country coach at Lees-McRae. Cason also serves as the Assistant Track and Field Coach, with his primary duties focused on the distance events. In addition, Cason serves as an adjunct professor, teaching Physiology of Sport and Exercise each fall semester.
Cason is in his 13th year of coaching at the collegiate level, nine of which have been spent as a head coach. He guided both the men’s and women’s teams to runner-up team finishes in the Conference Carolinas Championships last fall.
The Greenville, S.C. native began his coaching career at Furman University, where he spent three years as the assistant under legendary coach Gene Mullin working with both cross country and track and field athletes.
After Furman, Cason guided the women’s cross country
program at Davidson College for three years. At Davidson,
Cason rebuilt a women’s distance program from the bottom of
the Southern Conference to a top contender. After Davidson, Cason
spent a year starting a new cross country program for Montreat
Cason’s last coaching stop before Lees-McRae came at Brevard College, where he spent four years as the Head Cross Country and Track and Field coach. While at Brevard, Cason coached three NAIA national qualifiers in cross country, and two national qualifiers in track. He also coach one NAIA Academic All-American, and his women’s cross country team recorded the highest team GPA for four consecutive years.
Cason was born in Greenville, S.C. and attended J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, where was a three time all-State cross country runner. Cason also won the 3A State Championship in both the 1600m and 3200m his senior year.
Cason then went on to Furman University on a cross country/track and field scholarship. While at Furman, Cason earned all-Southern Conference honors in cross country, track (3000m Steeplechase), in addition to being named to the Academic Honor Roll. Cason went on to receive both his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science, as well as his Masters degree in Education (with an emphasis in Health and Exercise Science) from Furman University.
Cason also serves as a senior staff member each summer for the Brevard Distance Runners Camp, working with over 1000 high school runners each summer. Cason is a USA Track & Field Level 1 and Level 2 (Endurance) coach. He is still an avid runner on the roads and the trails. His hobbies include running, cycling, swimming, carpentry, and spending time on trails with his dog Daisy.