Wells named Head Track & Field / Cross Country Coach
The Winston-Salem State Athletics Department has announced Antonio Wells as head coach for the Rams’ cross country and track and field programs. Wells took over the title of interim head coach after KayMarie Jones left last summer.
“It is a great honor for me to accept the position as the new Head Coach at Winston-Salem State University,” said Wells. “Thanks to everyone who was in my corner, especially the young men and women who call me coach.” Under Wells’ leadership as interim head coach, the WSSU Women’s Cross Country Team finished three points behind winning the 2021 CIAA Championship. Freshman Tiarra Smith was named CIAA Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Wells is very excited about the future of the Rams running programs. Five members of the cross-country team were freshmen or sophomores. “I really believed that they could all do what they did,” he said. “I looked at the class and the skills of these young women. We had a hiccup in the championship, but I was very happy.” Wells says that cross-country success will carry over to indoor athletics. “Cross Country will take care of everything from the 800 up,” he noted. “We’ll be strong in the 800 and jumping.
“We have a couple of studs in the sprints,” Wells continued. “We have point winners and placements in every event.” Wells’ philosophy for the future of the Rams program is simple. “I want to make sure I’m visible, especially at local events,” he said. “Building a program takes a lot of attention. You need to make sure the student-athletes are able to do well all of their time in school.” He also wants to gain a national presence for the program. âI have to be careful that I treat these young women where they will be executed and hit these points. If we do that, everything will take care of itself. We aim to be present at the national level with a better idea that it is needed at the regional and national levels. “