Dec. 5, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Grand Valley State cross country head coach Jerry Baltes has been named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Women's National Coach of the Year for the third time in four years after leading the Lakers to the 2013 Division II National Championship.
Baltes also won the award in 2012 and 2010, the other two seasons that GVSU has taken home the national title.
Between cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, Baltes has now won 11 national coach of the year awards, with three of those in women's cross country, five in women's indoor track and field, and three in women's outdoor track and field.
Baltes, in his 14th season guiding the Grand Valley State program, led his Lakers ladies to their third NCAA Division II Cross Country team title in the past four years. His team earned a nation-best six All-America honors to score 54 points, well ahead of runner-up Adams State’s 91 points. GVSU had been ranked No. 1 in each edition of the National Coaches Poll since the preseason.
Two Lakers finished in the top 10 for a second consecutive season with Allyson Winchester (third) and Jessica Janecke (ninth), and junior Madie Rodts was just eight spots away from giving the Lakers seven All-Americans in 48th place.
With the national title, Baltes’ Lakers capped a season that included titles at the Midwest Region and GLIAC Championships, and strong finishes against Division I competition at the Notre Dame Invitational Gold race (runner-up) and the Roy Griak Invitational Gold race (ninth).
Also being announced by the USTFCCCA were the official All-American honors for finishing in the top 40 of the championship race.
In defending their national title from 2012, the 2013 NCAA Division II women’s champion Grand Valley State Lakers placed six individuals on the USTFCCCA All-America list — the most of any NCAA program this year regardless of division or gender. On the men's side, the Lakers had four All-Americans as the runner-up, the best finish in school history.
Brent Showerman (14th), Alan Peterson (16th), Chad Cini (22nd) and Josh Moskalewski (26th) were named All-Americans for the men, while the women's honorees were Allyson Winchester (3rd), Jessica Janecke (9th), Kendra Foley (11th), Courtney Brewis (17th), Hannah Osborn (31st) and Jordan Chester (40th).
Links to various coverage following the national championship race are below.