2017 Men's Cross Country Coaches
Phillip Laney Photo

Phillip Laney

Head Coach 6th season

Bio

Coach Laney enters his sixth season as the Head Men and Women’s Cross Country Coach at Blue Mountain College. Coach Laney came to Blue Mountain from Ripley High School. Coach Laney served as the Head Men and Women’s Cross Country Coach and taught Chemistry for six years at Ripley. Before going to Ripley, Coach Laney taught math and science and was the Head Men and Women’s Cross Country Coach for six years at New Albany High School.

Coach Laney’s 2016-2017 BMC Cross Country girls squad finished 1st in the SSAC Championship earning them the Conference Championship and his boys squad finished 5th in the SSAC Championship. Coach Laney received Coach of the Year for the Girl’s Team during the 2016-2017 season. Coach Laney’s 2015-2016 BMC Cross Country girls squad finished 2nd in the SSAC Championship to Dalton State by only 4 points while the boys squad finished 4th. Coach Laney’s 2014-2015 BMC Cross Country girls squad finished 3rd in the SSAC Championship while the boys squad finished 5th. Coach Laney’s 2013-2014 BMC Cross Country girls squad finished 2nd in the SSAC Championship to Brenau by only 1 point. Coach Laney’s 2012-2013 BMC cross country girls squad finished the season as the TranSouth conference champions and he received coach of the year award for the women’s cross country team and the boys squad finished 2nd. Coach Laney’s 2008-2009 cross country girls squad finished the season as 3A state runner-up. Also during his time at Ripley, he helped coach the only boy’s state championship at Ripley High School in Track and Field. As a runner, Coach Laney was an All-State runner for Greenville Christian School (Greenville, MS). He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Delta State University. He earned his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Chemistry at Ole Miss and is currently working on his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Chemistry at Ole Miss. Coach Laney and his wife, Alison, have two daughters, Emma and Abby, and one son, Jon Benjamin. 

Andrew Higdon Photo

Andrew Higdon

Assistant Coach 1st season