Alex Compton is in his third year as an assistant coach for the Oglethorpe track and field/cross country program. His efforts have shown in the best-ever SAA finish for both cross country teams at the 2017 SAA Championships, and in the improved performance of the track and field program's distance runners.
He came to Oglethorpe from Oglethorpe County High School in Lexington, Georgia, a little under 90 miles east of Atlanta, where he served as the assistant track and field/cross country coach from February of 2010 to May of 2011. While there, he coahced multiple state qualifiers and region champions.
Compton helped the 2018 men's cross country team to their best-ever finish in SAA history, as they came in second at the SAA Championships. They also finished eighth at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional, while Jacob Hadden finished 11th individually and qualified for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.
In the spring of 2019, Compton helped the Stormy Petrels qualify two athletes for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as Arielle Shaw and Bryce McNealey both earned the honor in the triple jump and 400 meters, respectively.
He will take over sprints and jumps duties for both men's and women's track and field team starting with the 2019 academic year.
Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in philosophy from Georgia Southern University in 2012. While at Georgia Southern, he earned the course record and the individual title at the Georgia Southern True Blue 5K.
He also was a 4-time Georgia All-State performer while in high school, competed in the 2006 AAU Junior Olympics, and was a top 25 finisher in the inaugural Athens Half Marathon.