Knox College Names Zierfuss Cross Country, Track & Field Coach

From WGIL radio:

A Knox College track and field coach will have some additional duties for the upcoming season.

The college on Monday named Dan Zierfuss the head cross country and head track and field coach. Zierfuss has served as the Prairie Fire co-head track and field coach for the past three seasons alongside Patrick Irwin. Zierfuss also served as an assistant coach for the Prairie Fire football team for three seasons.

Zierfuss will take over the cross country and the track and field programs and Jason Haynes will serve as his main assistant for both teams. Haynes was the assistant cross country coach in 2009 and the assistant sprints and high jump coach for the track team for the 2009-2010 season.

Athletic Director Chad Eisele believes Zierfuss will do well in his dual role. “I am excited to have Dan taking over both programs and I am confident that he will be able to build on the successes each program has seen over the past few years,” Eisele said. “As an integral part of our track and field programs for the past three seasons, (Ziierfus) will be able to continue to provide stability and leadership for our athletes while taking them to the next level.”

Zierfuss has seen a good deal of success since his start in 2007. He has led his track and field athletes to 13 school records, 12 All-Midwest Conference performances and he’s coached three MWC champions (Indoor: men’s 35lb weight throw, Outdoor: men’s 800m and women’s long jump).

Zierfuss has had 21 athletes named to the Winter Academic All-Midwest Conference team and 18 athletes named to the Spring Academic All-Midwest Conference team.

“I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to take charge of both programs and to help lead and guide them to continued success,” Zierfuss said. “Both programs have a lot of potential and if the student-athletes keep working hard, we can continue to achieve even greater results. I look forward to working with all event groups in both sports and am extremely excited for the upcoming seasons.”