PEMBROKE, N.C. — Athletics department officials at North Carolina-Pembroke announced Wednesday that Dr. Peter Ormsby, a 13-year college coaching veteran with stops at both Florida State and Central Florida, has been named head coach of UNCP’s cross country and track and field programs.
Ormsby comes to Pembroke from Babson Park, Florida, where he has served as head coach of a multitude of programs at Webber International.
“We are very excited to welcome Pete to the Braves family,” UNCP director of athletics Dick Christy said. “His experience with a national championship-caliber program at Florida State has served him well in his seven years as a head coach. He has been recognized as coach of the year six times during his career and that only exudes the respect his peers have for the outstanding work he has done. He is focused on the student-athlete experience for all disciplines of track and field and cross country and I am looking forward to his leadership and energy.”
Ormsby has had the reigns of dominant cross country and track and field programs at Webber International for the past six years. The cross country programs have recorded 12 national qualifiers, four conference champions and 11 top-five finishes at the conference championships under Ormsby’s watch, while the track and field programs boast 28 conference champions, 124 all-conference laurels and a dozen All-Americans. The women’s track and field program took home the 2008 league crown and finished second at the conference championships last season, while the men’s track and field team registered five consecutive runner-up finishes at the conference championships from 2009-12.
A five-time league coach of the year selection and the 2012 conference coach of the year honoree in men’s cross country, Ormsby also headed up the triathlon programs (men’s and women’s) at WIU.
A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Ormsby spent four seasons on the coaching staff at Florida State as both a volunteer coach (2001-04) and an administrative assistant coach (2004-05). While in Tallahassee, Florida State’s women’s cross country teams combined for four appearances at the NCAA championships, while the track and field squads reeled off five Atlantic Coast Conference championships, as well as captured the 2005 NCAA East Regional title. That 2005 squad went on to finish in a tie for fourth at the NCAA championships.
His recipe for success would eventually follow him to nearby Orlando where he helped construct a highly competitive program at Central Florida from 2005-07. During his two-year stint with the Knights, UCF’s men’s cross country program turned in a pair of top-15 finishes in NCAA Regional competition, while a trio of student-athletes were decorated with All-Conference USA distinction.
A four-year letterwinner in cross country at Elon, Ormsby was a member of two (1994, ’96) South Atlantic Conference championship squads and earned all-conference honors as a freshman in ’94. A four-time SAC All-Academic Team selection, he earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll nods eight times and was a six-time member of the SAC Honor Roll.
“I look forward to working with [assistant coaches] Adarian Barr, Stephen Carney and the rest of the coaching staff as we continue to develop strong student-athletes and strive for conference championships,” Ormsby said.
Ormsby earned his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and psychology from Elon in 1998, and earned his master’s degree in human performance and sports studies from Tennessee in 1999. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology from Florida State in 2006. He holds USA Track & Field certifications in both coaching (Level I) and endurance coaching (Level II), while also possessing Level I USA Triathlon certifications in both triathlon coaching and triathlon race director.