2011-12 Men's Track & Field
2011-12 Men's Track & Field Coaches
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Daniel Alvarado
Head Coach- 1st Season

Coach Daniel Alvarado is entering his first season as the Yellowjacket men's and women's head coach after serving as assistant coach for the last four years under Kent Allshouse. During that time Alvarado coached 25 NAIA national meet qualifiers. In 2010, during the indoor season, Alvarado coached the indoor medley relay team consisting of Ahmed Khalif, Justin Gibbs, Ben Vink, and Neil Grundman to an All-American 6th place finish. Then, just this past outdoor season, he helped guide Yonas Mebrahtu to a 7th place finish in the 10k at the NAIA national meet where he broke the school record with a time of 30:27.84.

Coach Alvarado began his coaching career as a fifth year student in the fall of 2000 where he aided Graceland University Hall of Famer Kristy Feldman to the first cross country athlete named All-American in school history with a fourth place finish at NAIA cross country nationals. That same year, Steve Scime won a national title in the mile indoors and set the Graceland indoor mile school record of 4:11.05.

Coach Alvarado became a full time assistant coach at Graceland from the fall of 2001 through the spring of 2005. During that time, he was an instrumental part of the program's success which included the training of 34 national qualifiers, 12 NAIA All-Americans and a two-time Canadian Olympic Trials qualifier.

In the fall of 2005 Coach Alvarado left to become the Head Cross Country and Track coach at William Penn University. In his first year as head cross country coach he helped qualify Tyne Crandell to her second NAIA National Meet appearance where she improved her time by almost 30 seconds at the championships. He also had four all-conference runners two in each the men's and women's programs. In the spring of 2006 during the outdoor track season he had four national qualifiers for the NAIA National Outdoor Championships. There Coach Alvarado guided his female triple jumper Na'Onka Mixon to the school's first All-American since 2002 with a sixth-place finish in the event. In his second year at the helm he guided one individual, Demitrius Byrd to an all-conference performance when he finished fourth on the men's side during cross country season. Then during track season he had four individuals qualify for the NAIA National Outdoor Meet with three young men and one young lady that qualified in three events. At nationals she missed All-American status in two of the events by one spot with a seventh place finish in the triple jump and the long jump.

Coach Alvarado had not only been successful as a coach, but also as an athlete. He was a four year letter winner in both cross country and indoor and outdoor track. He also qualified for nationals on five different occasions. Once in cross country and twice in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Coach Alvarado was the team-captain his junior and senior seasons in cross country and a member of six Heart of America Athletic Conference championship teams.

Coach Alvarado earned his bachelor of arts in Physical Education from Graceland University in 2001.

 
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Marquise Brown
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
Coach Marquise Brown is entering his first season as the Yellowjacket men's and women's assistant track and field coach, after serving two years as the assistant coach at Loras College in Dubuque, IA. At Loras, Brown coached the horizontal jumps and multi-events.

During his first year, he guided Senior Barb Kremer to a pair of runner-up finishes in the long jump at the Iowa Intercollegiate Ath Conf champs with lifetime PRs of 17'9 and 17'6 , respectively. Junior Austin Arthofer made significant improvements in the 200m, as he lowered his lifetime PR by 1.5sec in running 22.49 in the prelims at the IIAC outdoor conf. champs, placing 8th in the finals. The 2010-11 season saw major improvements across the board as many of Brown's athletes continued to achieve lifetime bests in their respective events.

The jumps saw the most improvements as eight athletes achieved lifetime or collegiate bests in the long jump and four marks in the triple. Sophomore Kirsten Ferch led the way for the women in both events, going 17'4 in the LJ and 35'3 in the TJ, both garnering her spots on the all-time loras top 10 list. Ferch received all-conference accolades in placing 3rd at the conference meet in the long jump and just barely missing the NCAA provisional standard needed for the national meet. Ferch also ran 26.62 over 200m. Juniors Kathleen loftus and steph schadl also saw significant improvements in the jumps and sprints. Loftus recorded lifetime bests of 16'6 in the lj, 26.47 in the 200m, and a season best of 13.03 in the 100m, while Schadl recorded a top jump of 16'3 in the lj. Sophomore Michelle McWilliams recorded personal best of 17.78 secs in the 100h, while scoring 3231 pts in the heptathlon.

Freshman Laura Wondra continued a great collegiate campaign by leaping 16'7 in the lj, combining that with her indoor best of 16'10. On the men's side Senior Austin Arthofer and Junior Mike Roth led the way for Brown's athletes. Arthofer ran 22.69 for the 200m, while attaining new collegiate PR's of 52.01 in the 400m and 21/3 in the lj. Roth led all jumpers with a personal best 22'5 in the lj , while running 23.60 in the 200m and 52.35 in the 400m. He also jumped 42'7 in the TJ after only doing the event for the 6th time ever. A quartet of freshmen jumpers showed they had what it took to be successful, as well. Luke Kolbeck saw long jump and decathlon best of 22'3 and 4985 pts , respectively. Payne Finn recorded a mark of 21 , while Mike Meersman, jumping for the first time in his life, achieved a top mark of 19'9 . Brett Epping had a top TJ mark of 42 .

The 2008-09 season saw Brown at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, a Division I member of the Big South conference. At UNCA, Brown was in charge of the horizontal jumpers, while also helping with fall conditioning and weight room training. Brown was instrumental in helping bring in 21 new student-athletes, which still remains the largest recruiting class in UNCA history.
Marquise mentored Will Beasley, who recorded an 8th place finish in the TJ with a mark of 13.58m at the BSC Outdoor meet. Beasley also was honored as a member of the Big South All-Conference Academic team for his work in the classroom. He just missed scoring at the indoor conference championships, with 9th place finishes in the long and triple jumps.

Marquise got his start as a coach at the end of the 2004 season, where he volunteered for the semester proceeding his athletic career at his alma mater, Lewis University a Division II member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

During the 2005 season, Brown crowned his first two GLVC indoor conference champions, as senior Billy Stadele won the long jump with a NCAA provisional mark of 23'5 1/4 ,while sophomore Prince Ntim was crowned the champion in the triple jump with a mark of 45'9 3/4. During the season, the men were crowned the 2005 GLVC Indoor champs, while finishing the outdoor campaign as runner-up.

Also scoring for Brown at the indoor conference meet were freshman Byron Toliver and Glenn Chesniak. Tolvier garnered two 3rd places finishes in the LJ (22'8 1/2) and 55m dash ( 6.45), while Chesniak finished 8th in the TJ (42'3 ). Success for Brown continued outdoors, as many of his athletes picked up right where they left off. Toliver improved significantly, as he was crowned the GLVC champ in the 100m (10.80) and as the lead -off leg of the 400m relay (meet record 41.20). He also scored another All-Conf performance in finishing 2nd in the LJ (22'8 ). Freshman Josh Grys finished 6th in the long jump (22' 2 ), while Ntim finished 4th in the triple jump (43'6 ). The 2005 season also saw the women finish 3rd at the GLVC indoor meet.

The 2006-07 season was a very good one for Brown, as well, as he helped guide the Flyers to a runner-up finish at the indoor conference meet for the men, while the women secured a 4th place finish among some very stellar teams. For the men, Junior Josh Grys finished 5th in the long jump with a lifetime best of 22'2 . For the women, Junior Millennium Wheeler and sophomore Ashley Butler were also instrumental in scoring points for the Flyers. Wheeler finished 3rd in the LJ (17'7) and 4th in the TJ (36'8 ), while Butler placed 7th in the 55m (7.51) and LJ (16'11 ) Butler was also a member of the 2nd place 4x200m relay (1:44.72).

The outdoor campaign proved a bit challenging, as both squads placed 5th at the outdoor meet. Butler proved to be among the conference bests as she placed in the top 3 of her events. She was the anchor leg for the 400m relay that finished 2nd with a time of 47.83 and third in the long jump with a NCAA provisional mark of 18'4 . Wheeler also finished in the top 8 in each of her events, placing 6th in the long jump (17'3 ) and 8th in the triple jump (35'10 ).

As a student-athlete, Brown enjoyed a stellar career at Morningside College and Lewis University.  Brown ended his career as a 2x NCAA Division II All-American in the triple jump, 3x Great Lakes ValleyConference champion (Lewis), 5x North Central Conference All- Conference team member (Morningside), 11x NCAA National qualifier, 9x All-conference performer, and the Indoor and Outdoor school record holder in the long jump (Morningside). Brown holds personal best of 24'3 in the long jump, 49'10 in the triple jump, and 175' in the javelin.

Coach Brown received his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a Higher Ed concentration from Lewis University in the spring of 2008 and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the winter of 2004.