March 3, 2024

Lawson Featured in The Free Lance-Star

Kunle Lawson, head coach of UMW's cross country and track and field programs

Kunle Lawson, head coach of UMW’s cross country and track and field programs

Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Kunle Lawson, who is also UMW Athletics’ Diversity and Inclusion Director, was featured in The Free Lance-Star on his passion and innovative way of playing disc golf.

WHEN Kunle Lawson started playing disc golf on the course at Loriella Park in Spotsylvania County several years back, he unfortunately became acquainted with a pond that’s difficult to clear.

Like many who play the course, and especially when he was starting out, the track and cross country coach at the University of Mary Washington sometimes could only watch as his plastic disc plunked into the pond.

Because the discs he throws are not inexpensive, and because it would be a waste to leave them at the pond’s bottom, Lawson came up with a way to retrieve the discs.

“I ended up putting together this large rake with ropes attached to get the discs out,” said Lawson, who plays the sport on courses all over the region. He plays in three leagues and thinks nothing of driving from his home in Spotsylvania to courses in Prince William County. Read more.