Beth Alford-Sullivan leaves track and cross country programs

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Tennessee has agreed to mutually part ways with its director of track and field/cross country Beth Alford-Sullivan.

Vice chancellor/director of athletics Danny White announced Thursday Alford-Sullivan would leave the program effective immediately.

Assistant coach Ken Harnden will oversee the program while the school undertakes a comprehensive search for Alford-Sullivan’s permanent replacement.

Alford-Sullivan departs the UT program after leading the men’s and women’s track and field teams for eight seasons.

In 2014, she became the first woman in the Southeastern Conference to oversee a men’s program in any sport.

Under Alford-Sullivan’s direction, Tennessee has set many individual records.

She coached five-time NCAA champion Christian Coleman, a winner of the Bowerman Award in 2017.

Throughout its tradition-rich track and field history, the Volunteers and Lady Vols have won a combined eight national team titles with four coming since 2000.

UT has also produced 45 Olympians, 18 of which have medaled. Vols and Lady Vols athletes have won 10 gold medals.