Baltzell named Head Track/XC Coach
Over the summer, it was announced that the former head coach, Stacie Wentz, would be stepping down, leaving the team with a sense of uncertainty. However, once it was released that Coach Baltzell would be taking over as head coach, many of those concerns vanished. For Coach Baltzell, “the transition hasn’t really been difficult, but at the same time I really enjoy doing things the way I want to do them.” The athletes also are very pleased with the transformation from Coach Wentz to Coach Baltzell. The team has renewed its ranks with some new old faces with the return of teammates who had decided the team wasn’t for them in the past, but now is. Coach Trent Baltzell is a kinesiology graduate of University of Rhode Island and a multiple time Atlantic 10 conference champion. Coach Baltzell not only has the knowledge to train successful athletes, but also the experience of training himself. As an athlete Coach Baltzell has not stopped competing. September 9th of this year Coach Baltzell competed in the Beantown Marathon, preliminary qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He has also competed in the decathlon a couple times since his graduation.
Coach Baltzell originally begun running because his sister, but now claims that “it as become a lifestyle.” It was through his love of the sport that Coach Baltzell decided to coach, for he did not want the sport to end for him after graduation. However, it is not just the sport that Coach Baltzell enjoys about his job, but the athlete interaction. When asked about what his favorite moment in coaching he cited a two minute span at the last NE-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship where the women took third and the men sixth, “Keaven Hack made a very high presure jump to win the conference high jump, and then two minutes later freshman Maddie Dibble took the lead in discus, and then took the win, those two minutes were the best yet.”
Coach Baltzell when asked about goals intends to “continue our upward trend performance wise, continue to improve the culture of the team”. The Cross Country team not so many years ago placed last in the NE-10, but last year placed second and this year is contending for first. The track and field programs have has similar upward trends and under Coach Baltzell coaching the future is only brighter.
Kialeigh Marston, a sophomore, is undecided. She is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.