Milwood-Lee Named New Hawks Cross Country, Track & Field Coach

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University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletic Director Tara Owens has announced Sharlene Milwood-Lee as the next head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country, track & field program on Wednesday.
Milwood-Lee brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Hawks following a nationwide search, acting most recently as the head coach at her alma mater Farleigh Dickinson University, where she led the program for 18 seasons.
“During our national search, we received an influx of interest from qualified candidates,” Owens said. “Throughout the process, Coach Milwood-Lee stood out as the person with the right mindset and characteristics best suited to lead the Hawk Track and Field Program into a new era.”
At the head of Farleigh Dickinson, Milwood-Lee was the 2020 Northeast Conference (NEC) Indoor Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year, when the team won the conference championship, while consistently placing student-athletes on All-Conference lists.
“I’m looking forward to a different experience,” Milwood-Lee said. “I feel as though UMES track and field, cross country has a lot of potential to continue to build on and to build a championship program. I’m really excited about the opportunities.”
Prior to taking over the Knights squads in 2003, Milwood-Lee was also an assistant and interim head coach at FDU, as well as heading the Bergen Community College programs and acting as an assistant at Montclair State starting in 1997.
As a student-athlete from 1990 to 1994, Milwood-Lee was one of the most decorated runners in Farleigh Dickinson history, being elected to the Knights’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Northeast Conference’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Milwood-Lee won 11 NEC titles, racing in the 300m, 400m and 800m as an individual, and the 4x400m and 4x200m during relays. Her 4x400m squad also captured gold at the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival.
“Coach Milwood-Lee comes to UMES with a championship pedigree and a wide array of experiences as a coach and player on the Division I level.” Owens said. “Under Coach Milwood-Lee’s guidance, we believe our student-athletes will flourish on the track, in the classroom and in the community. As Coach Milwood-Lee prepares to lead our Track and Field Program, we look forward to establishing a sustainable culture of positivity and success.”

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