Panther Stadium .... Home of the BSC Track and Field Camps
Panther Stadium, home of Birmingham-Southern men's and women's track and field teams. The facility seats 1,600 fans and features state of the art artificial turf with an eight lane regulation track surrounding the field. A field house adjacent to the stands houses the press box, coaches'offices, meeting rooms, an athletic training room, official's dressing room and locker rooms, and a weight room.
Kenneth Cox was named head coach of the mens and womens cross country and track and field programs before the 2009-10 season.
He enters his ninth season at BSC, after serving as the assistant track and field coach for the 2008-09 season. Cox is entering his first year in office as the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches of America Division III Second Vice President for track and field.
He has coached Panthers to three national titles. There has also been five national runners-up and 13 national qualifiers, with 22 All-American honors during his tenure. Other accolades include nine all-region selections, two regional runners of the year, eight conference athletes of the year, 78 conference champions, and over 55 all-conference nods in the past two seasons alone.
Ryan Petrocchi was hired as assistant track & field throws coach in October 2013.
A 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Petrocchi was a four-year member of the Mens Track & Field Team and Big IIX Outdoor Track & Field Championship Team competing in the javelin.Prior to his arrival on the Hilltop, Ryan served as head throws coach at Marian High School in Omaha, Neb.
Petrocchi is married to the former Jenna Stroud, who is the assistant swimming & diving coach here at Birmingham-Southern.
Mary Birdwell begins her sixth season as the volunteer assistant cross country and track & field coach at Birmingham-Southern.
Birdwell spent over 43 years in the high school ranks, combining 29 years at Hoover City Schools as a teacher and coach of cross country/track & field, gymnastics, tennis, basketball, volleyball and swimming. Throughout her coaching career she has produced cross country and indoor championships (8), guided two swimming teams and one gymnastics team to titles, and her freshman teams won nine state crowns. This dedicated coach has also served for the past 33 years as Hoover Parks and Recreation USATF Track Club director and Youth Chair Alabama USATF.
In 2002, Birdwell was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Hall of Fame and the Oak Ridge High School Sports Hall of Fame.Birdwell is a widow and has two sons, Paul (married to Liz) and Andy (recently engaged). She has one grandchild, Emily.