Tue, Jul. 23, 2013 - [Loras]
Loras College Director of Athletics Bob Quinn shared on Monday shifts within the coaching staffs in a handful of sports. The changes include head coaching duties on the golf and track and field teams.
Bob Schultz has a new role with the track and field teams. Jeremy Hawkins has stepped down as the head men's and women's golf coach.
Bob Schultz is stepping down from his post as head men's and women's track and field coach. He remains in his head coaching position with the cross country programs and will continue to contribute to the track programs with the distance runners and Director of Operations duties.
Replacing Hawkins on the men's golf side will be Buddy Sodemann. Sodemann is currently the men's assistant basketball coach, a role he will continue with going forward. On the women's side, Lynsey Barnard will do the same – taking on head coaching duties with the women's golf team while remaining in her assistant women's basketball role.
"Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from building relationships with these three young head coaches," Quinn said Monday.
"Matt, Buddy, and Lynsey each understand what we expect of our coaches and I'm confident they'll grow the on-field and off-field skill sets of their players."
The new trio of head coaches each offered the following upon Quinn's announcement.
"I'm very grateful for this opportunity that I have been given by Loras College," Matt Jones said on Tuesday morning.
"It's hard to believe that I have been part of this program for more than decade as either an athlete or a coach. When I first joined the coaching staff seven years ago I didn't envision this as the outcome. Now that I've been blessed with the chance I intend to make the most of it and put Loras' Track & Field program back on the map. I have a lot to learn, but Coach Schultz has been a great mentor to me and I'm thankful to have him to lean on as we move forward."
Jones added, "I would like to thank the athletes, faculty, staff, and alumni who have already extended their support to me. It is greatly appreciated! Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who played a role in making this promotion possible. I will put everything I have into this job."
"I am very excited about Matt Jones taking over as head track & field coach," Bob Schultz said this week.
"I feel it is the next logical step for our program. Matt works with the largest number of athletes on our team in the sprints, hurdles, long jump & triple jump, so it is going to be great for our student-athletes having him full time. He is a proven coach with lots of success stories the past seven years and he is a proven recruiter bringing in tremendous numbers and quality athletes as a part time coach the past few years. I can't wait to see what he is going to do with this program as a full-time coach. I'm excited about our future!"
"I am really excited about the opportunity to lead our men's golf program," Buddy Sodemann said Tuesday.
"I am eager to continue to work with student-athletes here at Loras College and I am hopeful we can continue to build on the great foundation of success that Loras College golf has had in the past."
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of the women's golf program here at Loras and I'm thankful to Bob Quinn, Denise Udelhofen, and President Collins for this opportunity," Lynsey Barnard said.
"Loras provides support to its athletic teams that's unmatched at other institutions, and I look forward to building a program that makes our entire Duhawk community proud. We have a talented roster overflowing with potential and a college that is inviting… a great place for future Duhawks to attend. My goal is to be a team that competes for the conference title every season and leaves its mark on the IIAC every fall."
Additional changes to assistant coaches in other sports include football, baseball, and women's soccer and ahead of the 2013-14 seasons.
Nathan Roling ('08) returns to Petrakis Park as Carl Tebon's assistant coach. Roling was with NCAA qualifier Coe College Kohawks staff for the last three seasons. Roling, a Dubuque native, appeared in 76 games for the Duhawks (most at catcher) scoring 14 runs and driving in 24 more.
Paul Mierkiewicz's football staff now includes former Duhawk David Zoeckler, former Elmhurst Blue Jay Joe Furco, and former Illinois Wesleyan Titan Michael Gainey. Zoeckler will handle the defensive line, Furco the running backs, and Gainey will coordinate the special teams and the secondary. Zoeckler was earned Honorable Mention in 2010 in the IIAC. Furco is coming off a successful career at Elmhurst, where he played quarterback for the CCIW champion Blue Jays, helping them reach the NCAA tournament. Gainey bring coaching experience from Robert Morris along with his playing experience at Illinois Wesleyan.
Kelly Murphy, who played in 85 games from 2007-2010 for Dan Rothert on the women's soccer team, is now the women's assistant coach. A former captain and defender, she was a part of two Iowa Conference championship teams and two Iowa Conference tournament championships, including multiple trips to the NCAA Division III Championship .