Drake Track & Field and Cross Country Announces Coaching Staff

first_img“Now that we have a staff in place, we are ready to get to work to bring success to the Drake track & field and cross country programs in the coming years,” Carroll said. Jay Koloseus joins Drake as the program’s assistant men’s distance coach and recruiting coordinator. Most recently at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C., Koloseus has been the head track & field and cross country coach since 2013. There, he started the cross country programs and was the 2014 Region X NJCAA cross country men’s team champion and the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year. In 2015, he started the track and field programs at Louisburg and quickly started winning titles. The program’s first two seasons, 2015 and 2016, both the men’s and women’s team won regional championships and Koloseus was again named Region Coach of the Year, bringing his total Coach of the Year awards to six. In 2015, the programs recorded a top-20 finish at the National Championships in their first year of existence with no scholarship student-athletes.  Prior to constructing the program’s and Louisburg, Koloseus was a graduate assistant coach at Auburn where he helped oversee the Tigers’ cross country teams and distance runners. As a student-athlete, Koloseus was a member of two BIG EAST champion cross country teams at Syracuse and was an All-BIG EAST team selection. Zane Chapman will oversee the Bulldogs’ throwers after spending the last season at the University of Wisconsin as the Badgers’ volunteer throws coach. In his season at UW, he aided in coaching four NCAA All-Americans, nine NCAA regional qualifiers, Olympian Kelsey Card and assisted in all aspects of the throws program. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University director of track & field and cross country Mark Carroll has announced the hiring of four assistant coaches to complete his staff heading into his first season leading the Bulldogs’ track & field and cross country programs. “We are excited to have Zane come on board to recruit and coach the Drake throws events,” Carroll said. Ngonidzashe Makusha has served as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Florida State while competing internationally since 2012. While coaching at FSU, Makusha helped mentor the Atlantic Coast Conference triple jump and long jump champion and runner-up. His student-athletes also qualified for NCAA Championships three times and earned three All-America honors. As a competitor, Makusha was one of track and field’s most decorated student-athletes. In 2011, he set the NCAA 100-meter record at 9.89, a record that stood until the spring of 2017. In 2011, he was also the winner of the Bowerman Award, collegiate track and field’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, and was named the NCAA Male Athlete of the Year. That same year, he won both the 100 meters and long jump at the NCAA Championships at Drake Stadium to give him a total of seven career NCAA titles. “We are excited for Coach Makusha to bring his knowledge, expertise and experience to the sprints, hurdles and jumps events,” Carroll said. “Coach Makusha served as a volunteer while competing at the highest levels of international track and field.” Makusha’s success at the international level came primarily in the long jump where he finished fourth in the 2008 Olympics representing his native Zimbabwe. Makusha owns the Zimbabwe’s national records in both the 100 meters (9.89) and long jump (8.40m/27-6.75). “Jay was a successful collegiate athlete at Syracuse University and has brought his experience to set up a successful program at Louisburg,” Carroll said. “Jay will serve as the recruiting coordinator for all event areas at Drake.” Joining the staff for the 2017-18 season will be two-time Olympian and former American record holder Amy Rudolph, seven-time NCAA champion and former NCAA 100-meter record holder Ngonidzashe Makusha, Jay Koloseus and Zane Chapman. “Coach Amy Rudolph will bring her vast experience in cross country and distance events to coach the women’s distance squad,” Carroll said. “Amy has years of coaching experience at Bryant University, Providence College and Auburn University along with her collegiate and international experience.” Amy Rudolph joins the staff as an accomplished distance coach and elite athlete. Rudolph was a two-time Olympian and a finalist in the 5,000 meters at the 1996 Olympics, finishing 10th. That same year, she set the then American record in the 5,000 meters at 14:56.04. Rudolph was also a seven-time member of U.S. World Championship teams and was a three-time USA National Champion. In 1996, she was the USA Champion in the 10,000 meters and followed that with a pair of USA Indoor national titles in the 3,000 meters in 1997 and 2002. As a collegian at Providence College, Rudolph was a two-time NCAA Champion and a 10-time All-American. Following her competitive career, Rudolph served as an assistant track & field and cross country coach at Providence College, Bryant University and Auburn University. He joined the staff at UW after a season at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois. At both EIU and UW, he gained extensive experience in strength and conditioning programs. As a student-athlete, he was a team captain at EIU during his senior season as a well-rounded thrower that competed in all four throws and scored points in the discus, hammer throw and shot put to help the Panthers win an Ohio Valley Championship. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more