Track and Field

Interview With Catholic University Men's CC and Track Coach

Catholic TrackWelcome to Interview #86

I am pleased to share with you the wisdom of NCAA Division 3 Cross Country and Track & Field Coach of The Catholic University of America, Ian Hankins.

Coach Hankins has extensive knowledge as a coach and recruiter. In addition to coaching, Hankins serves as a Marketing Associate and Minority Owner with the Track & Cross Country Journal (www.tccjournal.org). Hankins also serves as a Sport Performance Consultant for H2K Sports.

Read on. This interview is full of great tips!

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Interview With Duke Women's Cross Country Coach

Duke Women's Cross CountryWelcome to Interview #79.

I am pleased to share with you the wisdom of NCAA Women’s Cross Country and Assistant Track and Field Coach of Duke University, Rhonda Riley.

Rhonda Riley was named the head women's cross country coach and assistant track & field coach in June of 2016. Previous to Duke she had an incredibly successful nine year stint at Vanderbilt. Her primary responsibilities include coaching Duke's middle and long distance runners.

Coach Riley has a passion for recruiting and has turned that passion into success at the top levels of collegiate cross country.

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Interview With Taylor University Track and Field Coach

David NevilleWelcome to Interview #77 Part 2. This is the second of a 2 part interview with David Neville. He is currently the Head Track and Field Coach of NAIA, Taylor University. David is an Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist.

Today, David shares great advice to prospective college athletes. In case you missed it, make sure to read Part 1 of our interview Pursuit of Faith and the Finish Line, in which David opens up about his journey to the Olympics and his faith in Christ.

Read on. This interview is full of priceless information!

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Pursuit of Faith and the Finish Line

David NevillePursuit of Faith and the Finish Line

Welcome to Interview #77 Part 1. This is the first of a 2 part interview with David Neville. David is an Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist. He is currently the head track and field coach at NAIA, Taylor University.

Today, David shares his journey to the Olympics and his faith in Christ. You will want to check back for Part 2 of our interview (coming next Tuesday), in which David shares great advice to prospective college athletes.

Read on. David's journey will inspire you!

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Interview With Manhattan Track and Field Coach

Manhattan TrackWelcome to Interview #63.

I am pleased to share with you the wisdom of NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Coach of Manhattan College, Dan Mecca.

Coach Dan Mecca has been the head coach of the track & field program for 24 years (and 31st season overall) at Manhattan College. Coach Mecca is the longest tenured head coach at Manhattan and only the sixth head coach in the track & field program's 100-year history. 

During his career, Mecca has led the Jaspers to 61 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships, 39 Metropolitan Championships and two IC4A Championships. He has coached several athletes to the NCAA Championships, including five NCAA National Champions.

Coach Mecca’s full bio is at the end of the interview.

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Interview With Nebraska Track and Field Coach

Gary Pepin Welcome to Interview #61.

I am pleased to share with you the wisdom of NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Coach of the University of Nebraska, Gary Pepin.

The all-time winningest track and field coach in the history of the Big 12 and the former Big Eight Conference, Nebraska Head Coach Gary Pepin will enter his 37th season as the head coach of the Nebraska men’s and women’s track and field teams in 2017, making him the longest tenured active coach in Cornhusker athletics and Big Ten track and field head coach.

Since 2000, Pepin’s squads have combined to win four Big Ten team titles, 19 Big 12 team titles, 34 individual Big Ten event titles, 143 individual Big 12 titles, 21 individual NCAA titles and have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 13 times.

Coach Pepin’s full bio is at the end of the interview.

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Interview With Florida State Track and Field Coach

Florida State TrackWelcome to Interview #59.

I am pleased to share with you the wisdom of NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Coach of Florida State University, Bob Braman.

Since taking over in 2004, Bob Braman has seen the Seminoles ascend to a position of national prominence, highlighted by a pair of NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2006 and and 2008.
 
Entering the 2015-16 season, the FSU men have finished fourth or better seven times at the last 11 NCAA Outdoor Championships and fifth or better six times at the last nine NCAA Indoor Championships.

Simply put, the Seminoles are synonymous with success on the national stage.

Over the course of Braman’s first 12 years, the Seminole men have accepted nine Atlantic Coast Conference indoor and 11 conference outdoor championship trophies, including a sweep of the 2014 titles. In 24 combined team championship opportunities, FSU's men have 19 ACC championships and five runner-up finishes.

The Florida State women have been building their own impressive ACC resume as well. With their 2016 ACC Outdoor Championships title, the Seminole women have now won four conference titles outdoors, including three under Braman’s watch.

FSU’s excellence has allowed Braman to stockpile a total of 36 national, regional and conference Coach of the Year honors.

Through the relentless efforts of the coaching staff under his direction, the Seminole brand extends well beyond the borders. Twelve student-athletes who competed collegiately for the Seminoles participated in the 2012 London Olympics. It marked the second consecutive Summer Games the `Noles were represented by a dozen Olympians.

Coach Braman’s full bio is at the end of the interview.

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Interview With Calvin College Track and Field Coach

Welcome to Interview #39.

I am pleased to share with you the wisdom of NCAA Division 3 Track and Field Coach of Calvin College, Bret Otte.

Calvin College

This interview is special to me. When I took my first head college coaching position, Coach Otte took me under his wing and mentored me. He helped me to look, not just at athletic prowess, but at each person as a whole. He is very intentional about developing not just athletes, but people.

I doubt even today, Coach Otte knows what a profound influence he was on my life and coaching career. I am sure there are 25 years of athletes and other coaches who feel the same way.

"Bret has is a highly skilled coach with years of experience," said Calvin director of men’s athletics Jim Timmer. "I think that stands out the most about him however is his love for Calvin College. He understands the mission of our institution wholeheartedly. When you have an individual like that working for you, it is a blessing. We are looking forward to working with Bret for years to come."

In addition to serving as Calvin's head men's and women's track and field coach, Otte serves as a faculty member in the Calvin Health Physical Education Recreation Dance and Sport department.

"I am just as excited about becoming a faculty member as I am as a coach," said Otte. "I love to learn and Calvin College is a wonderful place to learn.”

Coach Otte’s full bio is at the end of the interview.

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Interview With Northwestern College Track and CC Coach

Northwestern College TrackWelcome to Interview #26.

I am pleased to share with you the wisdom of NAIA Cross Country / Track & Field Coach of Northwestern College, Scott Bahrke.

Coach Scott Bahrke is in his fourth year as the Head Cross Country / Track & Field Coach at Northwestern College. During this time, Coach Bahrke’s athletes have earned 46 All-American honors (including one national championship by Karen Ettleman in the women’s heptathlon).

He has coached cross country and track the last 15 years, the first 11 at the high school level.

Coach Bahrke’s full bio is at the end of the interview.

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