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Coaching Staff

Lou Andreadis
Associate Head Coach - Pole Vault

Lou Andreadis is in his 14th season at Grand Valley as associate head coach for track and field and in his 19th season with the program entering the 2019-20 academic year. Andreadis' experience is a valuable resource to the Laker program and will also reunite Andreadis with head coach Jerry Baltes as they coached together at Butler University in Indiana.

Lou's main responsibilities are to work with the Laker pole vaulters and handle all multi-event scheduling for the combined events.

At Grand Valley State, Andreadis has developed a solid vault program which has seen 66 All-American honors and seven NCAA Division II National Champion pole vault performances in eleven years and set both men's and women's school records. His vaulters average a fifteen inch improvement over the last seven years. Three vaulters have seen over three feet added to their high school PR's. Under Lou's coaching, Bryant Wilson went from a 14'6" high school vaulter to clearing 18'0.5" (5.50m) in 2009 and competing at the USATF National Championship. The same year Dianna Noonan, a 12'0" high school vaulter, cleared 13'9.25" (4.20m) and also qualified for the USATF Championship.

Andreadis was named the 2012 USTFCCCA Women's Assistant Coach of the Year after Kristen Hixson won both the indoor and outdoor pole vault national championship and Jocelyn Kuksa finished second (outdoor) and third (indoor) at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Andreadis has coached three pole vaulters to seven total NCAA Division II National Championship performances. Bryant Wilson won the indoor and outdoor event in both 2007 and 2008, while Kristen Hixson won both the indoor and outdoor events in 2012, and Jaime Roberts won the indoor event in 2016.

Coach Lou has also put together one of the largest pole selections in the entire country. Over $50,000 has been spent in poles alone to fill out complete series of poles from 12'6-16'1. He also helped design the lay-out for the two raised runways used at GVSU's indoor facility.

Andreadis graduated from Butler in 1996 with a degree in Secondary Education. Lou stayed at Butler and worked for four years as assistant coach for track and field and football as well as a part-time teacher at an Indianapolis grade school, IHM. In 2001 he was the head girls track and assistant football coach at his alma mater, Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Steve Jones
Assistant Coach - Jumps

Steve Jones is in his ninth year as the jumps coach at Grand Valley State University. Before GVSU, he spent three seasons at Minnesota State University-Mankato where he worked with jumpers, multi-event athletes, throwers, and sprinters. While at MSU, Jones' athletes set several school records in addition to winning eight All-American accolades. Jones assisted in coaching the 2007 USATF US National High Jump Champion Jim Dilling (2.30m), who also won four Division II National high jump competitions.

In his time at GVSU, Jones has tutored nine NCAA Division II All-Americans and has had 34 student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships in both indoor and outdoor competition. Three school records have also been set with Jones as the coach.

At Minnesota State, Jones coached two NCAA Division II champions, seven All-Americans and 13 NCAA qualifiers.

At Minnesota State University, Jones' other duties included teaching in the human performance department, meet administration, monitoring the academic success of student-athletes, as well as assisting in hosting the 2008 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. In his time there, Jones also received his masters degree in sport administration.

Jones graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 with a degree in consumer science. A two-time captain and NCAA Division I national participant in the high jump, Jones worked for Athletes in Action upon his graduation. Part of his time was spent in Spain where he volunteer coached for two track teams and participated in mission work. When stateside, Jones coached high school track in Wisconsin working with the jumpers, sprinters, and vaulters.


Sean Denard
Assistant Coach - Discus

Sean Denard has helmed the Grand Valley State University throws group and has been adjunct faculty member for the past five seasons; during this span of time nobody across all NCAA Divisions has coached more All-Americans in the throws. Denard has coached 45 All-Americans and several NCAA Champions that have also earned over 20 Academic All-American awards. His athletes have scored over 750 points at the conference championships, which have allowed the teams to win 26 team conference championships, 16 top-five team finishes at the NCAA Championships along with two NCAA Men's Program of Year award (Five second place finishes) and three NCAA Women's Program of the Year award (two second place finishes).

Despite the weight of the men's implements increasing from high school to college, on average, his top-five men’s and top-five women’s shot putters have added over seven feet to their high school bests, discus throwers gain over 20 feet, hammer throwers over 35 feet, both javelin throwers and weight throwers have added 15 feet to their personal bests. On Average his 40+ All-Americans improve over three positions past their seed at the NCAA Championships and on average throw within 98% of their lifetime best at the NCAA Championships meet.  Denard has coached three different men with top-10 rankings in the world for the throwing events.

During the 2019 indoor season, Bobbie Goodwin won the NCAA Title in the Women’s Weight Throw, which led our women’s team to a NCAA Runner Up finish indoors, while Mary Hecksel finished fifth in the discus during the NCAA outdoor championships. At the conference level the men and women swept the team titles during both seasons bringing our grand total to 105 and 106 team conference championships since the year 2000 between indoor, outdoor and cross country.

In 2018, Bobbie Goodwin was named the Women’s GLIAC Field Athlete of the Year, winning the GLIAC Championship in the weight throw on the final attempt, leading our program to its 19th straight Conference Championship. Outdoors, Goodwin was named the GLIAC Women’s Field athlete of the Championship Meet, winning the GLIAC title in the discus on the way to scoring 22 points for the squad, leading our program to its 100th track and field and cross country conference title across both genders.

In 2017, Dajsha Avery swept the indoor and outdoor GLIAC titles in the women’s shot put on her way to indoor and outdoor All-American honors and leading the women’s team to its 18th straight indoor and outdoor GLIAC titles and second place team finish at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships. Mary Hecksel played a vital role in this as well, placing third in the women’s discus at the NCAA Championships; the women would go on to win their seventh NCAA Program of the year award in the ninth year of its existence. Justin Scavarda would also go onto compete at the USATF Junior National Championships in the boy’s shot put and discus, finishing seventh, representing the only DII program in all of the throwing disciplines.

In 2016, Darien Thornton won the NCAA title in the men’s hammer, surpassing the meet record by over two feet. He also won the indoor and outdoor GLIAC title, GLIAC indoor field athlete of the year and Mid-West Region Field Athlete of the Year honors for both the outdoor and indoor seasons, and qualified for the 2016 Olympic trials where he finished 10th.

       
In 2015, Laura Schroeder would win the GLIAC title in the hammer throw, while placing second at the NCAA championships, helping the women to their sixth NCAA program of the year award in the seventh year of its existence. Thornton also placed second at the NCAA championships in the men’s 35lb weight throw, helping the men’s squad to their highest finish ever as team national runner-ups during the 2015 indoor season.

In addition to his NCAA coaching experience Denard established the Laker Elite Training Group which serves as home to several of North America’s top Olympians and National Champions in the throws. Denard has spent time at both the Canadian and Olympic Training Centers and directs the GVSU Big Throws Clinic every December with his former Coach, Athlete and Olympian, Justin Rodhe, Dane Miller of Garage Strength and his hammer thrower, Sean Donnelly, the clinic also features the USATF Funded Indoor Discus and Wammer National Championships.


Aaron Watson
Assistant Coach - Distance

Aaron Watson is in his fifth season at Grand Valley State as an Assistant Track & Field and Assistant Cross Country Coach in charge of Distance Events.

Comes to Grand Valley State after one year as the Assistant Coach of Cross Country/Track & Field at Temple University, where he organized all aspects of the student-athlete development, including the creation of training plans, supervision of workouts, . Watson also helped five Temple runners set school records for both the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams.

Prior to coaching for Temple, Watson was a volunteer assistant coach for the Grand Valley State cross country and track & field programs from 2010-2013. As a volunteer assistant, Watson was in charge of supervising practices and team travel to competitions, administered and recorded workouts, and created programs for athletes returning from injury. In addition, Watson assisted with on-campus recruiting and worked in all areas of event management.

Watson graduated from Grand Valley State in 2012 with a degree in Sports Management.

Watson is a USA Track & Field Level Certified coach.


Reynaldo Radlin
Assistant Coach - Sprints & Hurdles

Reynaldo Radlin is in his first year as the sprints and hurdles coach at Grand Valley State after spending the last three years at Troy University.

Radlin began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Troy from 2015-17, before being promoted to an assistant coach for the sprints, hurdles and jump athletes for the 2017-18 season. In his first two seasons with the Trojans, Radlin assisted in coaching nine individuals and one relay team that earned All Sun-Belt honors, along with five more NCAA East Prelim qualifiers.

In 2018, Radlin had eight more athletes capture All Sun-Belt accolades along with two conference championships by the men’s 4x100m relay team and the men’s 400m dash champion, before sending three more Individuals and one relay team to the NCAA East Prelims.

In addition, Radlin has also coached two different Troy athletes that competed at the USA Junior Championships in 2017 and 2018.

Prior to Troy, Radlin served as the assistant track & field coach at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Ariz., where he coached three athletes that qualified for the Arizona Division I State Meet and helped the boys and girls team finish as the district runner-ups at the Paradise Valley District Championships during the 2014-15 season. Radlin also served as a sports performance coach at Redline Athletics in Phoenix, Arizona.

The new Laker coach brings four years of collegiate experience with him as well, having competed at the University of North Carolina, where he was a two-time ACC Champion in the 400m hurdles (2011) and the 4x400m relay (2013), a four-time NCAA East Regional qualifier and a NCAA qualifier in the 4x400m relay in 2012. He was also a six-time All-ACC athlete and served as a captain for two years.

Radlin graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science from UNC, and earned his Master's degree in sport and fitness management from Troy.