With nearly 30 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level, Ron Boyce has proved to be one of the best in the nation. After a pair of volunteer stints with the sprint programs at Murray State and Tennessee State. Boyce began his long-time coaching career at Missouri State University, formerly Southwest Missouri State, when he joined the staff as an assistant track coach in 1995, where he was tasked with improving the team’s sprinters and hurdlers.
In just two years, Boyce was promoted to Head Coach of the Missouri State women’s track and field team after intensely improving the teams sprinting as the assistant coach. In 1998, the men’s team was added to his coaching responsibilities but the program was discontinued in 2005. In August of 2005, Boyce was named the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at Missouri State. He successfully managed a very diverse program consisting of 44 members from seven different countries.
During his 23-year tenure at Missouri State, Boyce won 15 team championships in the always competitive Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The 10-time MVC Coach of the Year, three-time NCAA Regional Coach of the Year and NCAA District Coach of The Year, helped guide his student-athletes to 197 MVC individual championship titles, in a range of events within the sport. Additionally, student-athletes under the direction of Boyce rewrote nearly the entire Missouri State record book – approximately 95% of it – while the team earned NCAA All-American Academic Team status for 15-consecutive seasons for its success in the classroom.
Boyce has developed a name for himself within the Springfield community not only as the head track and field coach, but also because of his ability to transfer his track and field knowledge to other sports.
The base of sports like soccer, basketball, baseball and football, are often thought to be footwork, upper body strength and power. However, Boyce has been able to identify that while those components are important, all of those sports also require a balance of speed and agility. Boyce has taken this understanding to help various athletes from high school, college, and the professional ranks to enhance their own natural ability by improving these attributes.