Anderson University held a ceremony on Saturday to name the six-lane, 200-meter, regulation indoor running track of the Kardatzke Wellness Center after Larry Maddox, longtime cross country and track and field coach.
Maddox retired January 1, 2006 after serving the University since August of 1976 when he returned to his alma mater as an assistant director for Athletic Recruiting and assistant coach for Men’s Basketball and Men’s Track.
Maddox assisted Jim Macholtz with the Anderson track and field program for seven seasons from 1977-83 before assuming the head coaching assignment in 1984 and serving in that capacity for 22 seasons.
During his tenure at Anderson, Maddox built model cross country and track programs and navigated them successfully from National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division III status.
Maddox coached three individual national champions at Anderson—Jenny Fields in the high jump, Peter Pritchett in the steeplechase and Brian Williams in the indoor mile. He has also coached six NCAA Division III All-Americans in cross country, 13 NAIA All-Americans in track, 21 NCAA Division III All-Americans in track and nearly 100 NAIA and NCAA Academic All-Americans.
Maddox assisted Barrett Bates in men’s basketball for two years before being named the University’s head men’s cross country coach in 1978, succeeding Gibb Webber. In 1980, Maddox was selected head coach of the newly created women’s cross country program.
The men’s cross country program captured 16 conference championships during Maddox’s tenure, including his final seven seasons, and Maddox was tabbed the league’s “Coach of the Year” 14 times. Anderson runners won the individual title at the conference championship on 17 occasions. The Ravens captured a total of 10 consecutive NAIA District 21 titles from 1982-91, and Maddox was tabbed the NAIA District 21 “Coach of the Year” each time. Additionally, Anderson won the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national title five consecutive years from 1980-84, and Maddox was recognized as the NCCAA “Coach of the Year” each season.
The women’s cross country program has been equally successful, winning 13 conference championships, including the last four years of Maddox’s career. Anderson runners claimed the individual title at the conference championship 11 times. Maddox was honored as the league’s “Coach of the Year” on 12 occasions. The Ravens won the NAIA District 21 championship four straight seasons from 1988-91, and Maddox was tabbed the NAIA District 21 “Coach of the Year” each time. Anderson won the NCCAA national title in 1983 and 1984, with Maddox garnering “Coach of the Year” accolades.
During his tenure, the Anderson men’s track team won 17 conference titles, including the last 11 in a row, and Maddox was tabbed the league’s “Coach of the Year” 15 times.
Maddox directed the Ravens to nine consecutive NAIA District 21 championships from 1984-92, and he was recognized as the NAIA District “Coach of the Year” each season. Additionally, Anderson claimed the NCCAA national title seven times, and Maddox was honored as the NCCAA “Coach of the Year” in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1992.
Maddox was recognized as the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region “Coach of the Year” in 1995, and the Indiana Intercollegiate Little State “Coach of the Year” in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 2005.
The women’s track program claimed seven conference championships, and Maddox was named the league’s “Coach of the Year” four times. In 1991, Maddox served as an assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Festival. He was the head coach of the North team during the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival. In 1996, Maddox was the operations manager of the warm-up facility for the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Last fall, Maddox was selected to the Anderson University Athletics Hall of Fame. He was named to the NCCAA Hall of Fame in 1997.
A native of Scott Depot, West Virginia, Maddox graduated from Anderson College in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He coached basketball, football and track for two years at Winfield High School in West Virginia before beginning a nine-year assignment at Springfield Shawnee High School in Springfield, Ohio. Maddox coached cross country, football and track at Springfield Shawnee High, and completed work on a master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Dayton in 1976.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.