May 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue cross country and track and field head coach Jack Warner has announced his resignation, effective June 30, 2012.
"It has been an honor to work at Purdue University for the past eight years," Warner said. "However, there comes a time in everyone's life when you must reflect and evaluate where you are going. With my Olympic Games commitment approaching this summer, I feel the time is right for me to pursue other professional opportunities."
With Warner at the helm of both the men's and women's programs, there have been 36 school records set, 43 individual Big Ten Conference championships, 24 All-Americans, two Olympians, one Olympic Trials champion and one NCAA champion.
The men's team finished second at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a school-record 102 points.
A total of 268 student-athletes have been recognized as Academic All-Big Ten.
"It has been most rewarding to watch our student-athletes have success at Purdue, earn their degrees and go into the professional world in many different areas," Warner said. "They have used their experiences in the classroom and on the track to contribute to society in a positive way. I will take many fond memories with me and will always have a place in my heart for Purdue."
Warner came to Purdue in 2004 after serving as an assistant at Ohio State for 12 years.
"We thank Jack for eight years of blood, sweat and tears in leading our cross country and track and field programs," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "His knowledge and commitment has benefitted hundreds of young men and women. We wish he and his family all the best."
A national search will begin for Warner's replacement.