David Gunnerson isn’t quite sure when he’s moving onto William and Mary’s campus next month. Even with a coaching change looming, the former Grafton High track and cross country star knows he still will run for the Tribe. That’s all that matters to him.
Hearing the news of a head coach Alex Gibby’s departure for Michigan didn’t change Gunnerson’s mind on staying at William and Mary.
“I have no intention of leaving,” said Gunnerson, who helped lead Grafton to the Group AA state track and field championship in June.
Gibby, a 1997 William and Mary graduate, took the reins at his alma mater in the 2003-04 season and led the Tribe to seven Colonial Athletic Association championships. He’s heading to Ann Arbor to replace longtime Michigan coach Ron Warhurst, who retired after 36 years coaching the Wolverines.
“I was just surprised,” Gunnerson said. “It wasn’t really personal since I didn’t get to know Coach Gibby too well. He had a good opportunity, so be it.”
William and Mary has started its search for a new cross country and distance coach.
Gunnerson – who won Group AA indoor state track titles in the 1,000-meter run and on the 4×800-meter relay – said the school’s academic reputation and his friendship with returning Tribe runners made the decision to stay a no-brainer.
About the only thing concerning Gunnerson before he moves onto campus in a few weeks is letting an ankle injury heal. While training on July 20 with Zach Tennant, a rising sophomore on the Tribe cross country team, Gunnerson suffered a Class 2 ankle sprain.
“It’s just really, really sore,” said Gunnerson, who has worked out on a bike instead of running.