MIDLAND, MICH. – The Northwood University cross country/track & field programs have announced the hiring of Jeremy Wilk as an assistant coach. Wilk will work extensively with the cross country teams and the distance runners.
Prior to Northwood, Wilk served as the Assistant Cross Country/ Track & Field coach and the Director of Operations for Ashland University. There, under the guidance and direction of Head Cross Country coach Tom Scott, Wilk mentored and coached the distance and middle distance runners to much success. In 2015, both Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams ranked in the top 25 for NCAA Division II. The women placed fifth at the GLIAC Championships, their highest placement since 2011. At the 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional meet the Men's team just missed out by 16 points to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Also during this season Wilk mentored Steven Kapes and Emily Schumaker who were named Division II All-Ohio Men's and Women's freshman of the year, respectively.
The distance and middle distance runners continued to see success both athletically and academically. Both Men's and Women's cross country teams earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, with six earning Academic All-American honors for Cross Country, two individuals earned USTFCCCA Academic All-America honors.
The strong season continued with the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Indoors, redshirt Nick Hall ran 4:05.10 (mile) and 8:17.98 (3,000m) which would have been a school record if he had been in uniform. Tyler Sievert was the GLIAC runner-up in the indoor men's 800m with a converted time of 1:53.57. Outdoors, Kylee Bernthisel broke the school record in the women's 3,000m steeplechase by 10 seconds, running 10:55.74. David Knack qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships with times of 14:06.56 (5,000m) and 29:41.74 (10,000m), good for #2 in school history for both events. Indoors, the men placed 10th and outdoors, the men placed 9th at the NCAA Championships.
Wilk is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where he earned his B.B.A. in Finance and Marketing. No stranger to success, he competed for the nationally acclaimed GVSU cross country and track and field teams. He began his career as a walk-on and ended it as the school record holder in the outdoor 800m with a time of 1:49.40, which still stands. At GVSU, he was a two-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American. After graduation, he continued to train in his first year at Ashland, running a new personal best of 1:49.36 indoors and qualifying for the 2015 USATF Indoor Championships in Boston. There he placed 12th in the 1,000m run.