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  Adekunle Lawson

Adekunle Lawson

Player Profile

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
B.S., Lynchburg College '97 and '05

Adekunle Lawson begins his first year as assistant track and field coach at Ohio University this season after serving as the graduate assistant for the team last year. Lawson brings with him an experienced background in coaching, as well as in the sport of track and field.

Lawson graduated from Lynchburg College in 1997 with a degree in business management. He then returned to the University to earn a degree in exercise physiology, which he completed in 2005.

During his collegiate career, Lawson was an accomplished field athlete for Lynchburg. He was a two-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion in the discus, and he was a three-time recipient of his team's Coaches Award. Lawson also competed in the shot put for the Hornets.

Lawson's days of track and field competition did not end with his eligibility. For the past few years, he has been an active participant in the U. S. Masters Track and Field program. A three-time national indoor champion in 2004, Lawson hopes to return to the field this year after taking a short hiatus.

Finishing his collegiate career in 1997, Lawson remained with the Lynchburg track and field team through 2003 as a coach specializing in throws. In 2004, he moved to Pennsylvania to become the strength coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates before becoming the strength coach for the Chicago Cubs in 2005. Lawson is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified sports performance coach with USA Weightlifting.

Prior to attending Lynchburg College, Lawson served in the United States Army from 1990-1994 as a counterintelligence agent, spending four and a half months in Somalia in 1993.

Lawson is currently pursuing his master's degree in coaching education at Ohio University. With the Bobcats, he will specialize in the discus, javelin and horizontal jumps, as well as split time with the multi-events and the short sprints.