LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced the hiring of seven-time NCAA All-American Mardy Scales as the head coach for track and field at CU, which is set to begin competition for the 2016-17 academic year. Scales will begin employment with the University on December 1.
The Franklin, Tenn., native and Centennial High School product was a seven-time All-American for legendary track coach Dean Hayes at Middle Tennessee State University from 2001-04, winning the NCAA 100-meter outdoor collegiate title as a junior.
“We are very pleased to find someone with Mardy’s accomplishments and enthusiasm to begin our track and field program at Cumberland,” Pavan said. “His commitment and love of the sport of track and field is unquestioned and his passion for the position was very apparent during the interview process. His local roots in middle Tennessee and his tutelage under Dean Hayes at MTSU certainly add to his resume as well.”
Scales earned Sun Belt Conference Male Athlete of the Year honors as a senior for the Blue Raiders and was a seven-time Sun Belt Conference champion. He set Sun Belt Championships records in winning the 100 and 200-meters outdoors in 2004 and his 10.12 in the 100 was the fastest by any collegian that year. He fell one-tenth of a second short of defending his outdoor national championship in the 100 in a photo finish with Arkansas’ Tyson Gay and TCU’s Michael Frater.
He ran track professionally from 2004-09 with Nike, representing the United States in various athletic events around the globe, maintaining a strict schedule and practice discipline to compete at the highest level. Scales was a Pan American Games silver medalist in the 100 in 2003 and a member of the USA Track & Field World Championship Team in 2005 after winning the USA Indoor 60-meter championship that year.
He served as track and field coach at Centennial High School for one season in 2009 and started the Scales Pro AAU Track Club as well as Scales Pro Fitness in Franklin in 2013. He has a Level 1 USA Track & Field Coaching Certification.
Scales earned his bachelor’s in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee in 2013 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.