Hillsdale College - Charger Track and Cross Country Teams Assemble New Coaching Staff
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Hillsdale College track and cross country coach Andrew Towne is pleased to unveil the new group of assistant coaches, who have all joined the Charger coaching family over the past couple of weeks, completing the new staff.
Joining Towne are Joseph Lynn, who will specialize in working with the cross country team and the track team's distance runners, Janine Tessarzik Kuestner, the new throws coach, and Nathan Miller, who will work with the track team's jumpers.
"I'm excited about the coaching staff we have assembled," Towne said. "As a group, they will work hard to continue to elevate our program here at Hillsdale. Hillsdale College has a great tradition in cross country and track, and we're eager to build upon that tradition."
Lynn was the first to join the staff, coming on board in late August, just as the 2014 Charger cross country teams reported to campus. He was the head men's and women's cross country coach at the University of Missouri for three years, and took the Tigers to high levels of success. His men's cross country team earned its first NCAA Division I national ranking in 12 years back in October 2012, and he guided Missouri's women's team to a 10-spot improvement in the Midwest Regional Rankings in just one year.
"To me, Joe is one of the top distance coaches in the country," Towne said. "He is a relentless recruiter and he works tirelessly to develop our distance student-athletes. With his help, I think our distance group will reach its full potential."
Lynn served as an associate track and cross country coach at Grand Valley State University from December 2006 through August 2011, during which time the Lakers became an elite force nationally in the sport. By the end of Lynn's tenure in Allendale, the 2010-11 school year, Grand Valley State finished in first place across the board, with the women's team capturing conference titles in cross country, men's indoor track and women's outdoor track.
Kuestner joins the Chargers with a good deal of familiarity with the high level of track and field competition in the GLIAC. She spent the past two years at Walsh University, coaching the Cavaliers' throwers. Prior to that, she had coaching stints at the City College of New York, and with the Knoxville Track Club in Tennessee.
She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she once held the school record in the hammer throw. She finished in third place in the discus event at the 2003 Southeastern Conference Championships before transferring to Ashland University. While with the Eagles, she finished in the top five in the GLIAC in the indoor shot put and outdoor discus events. She is a recipient of the Eagle Award from AU.
"Janine is an exceptionally bright coach, and just as important, she appreciates the mission of Hillsdale College," Towne said. "It was very apparent to me very quickly that she was the perfect person to move our throws group forward."
In Miller, the Chargers have another coach who has been through the track and field circles in the GLIAC. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor of science in exercise science with a clinical emphasis. He most recently coached at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.
While competing for the Lakers, Miller was a four-time GLIAC champion in the high jump and earned All-American honors in that event in 2008, when he finished third at the NCAA Division II championships. He was a Dynasty (Captain's) Council member with GVSU from 2008-10.
"Nate is one of the best young sprints/jumps coaches out there," Towne said. "He is a very detailed technician and a very enthusiastic teacher. Without a doubt, he'll help me make our entire sprints/hurdles/jumps group better than it's ever been."
Miller served as the interim track and field coach at Northwood in 2012-13, and spent two seasons as an assistant with the Timberwolves working with the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.