PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie Director of Athletics Reid Guarnieri announced Tuesday that Track & Field Interim Head Coach Ryan Rademacher has been promoted to Head Coach.
Rademacher was promoted from a full-time assistant position to interim head coach in the fall. He now remains at the helm of the program with the interim tag removed, as the Lake Erie outdoor season winds down.
"We are very pleased to announce that Ryan Rademacher has earned the title of head coach," said Guarnieri. "He clearly has the pedigree of a successful coach, having first performed as a standout student-athlete, and then having served as an assistant for several years in what is the premier conference for track and field in Division II. He has showed some tremendous qualities while serving as interim head coach."
Rademacher's 2013-14 squad heads into this week's (Wednesday- Friday) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships having already posted impressive performances throughout the winter and spring. The Storm men's team notched a program-best ninth-place finish at last month's NCAA-II National Championships after placing a program-best fifth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.
Senior Jamil Dudley became LEC's first indoor national champion in March when he won the men's high jump. Dudley, junior Joe Postwaite and senior Isaac Snyder qualified for the indoor nationals, and they are the veteran core of a men's and women's group that has seen a slew of freshman step up with big performances in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Rademacher came to Lake Erie as a graduate assistant in 2011. The 2010 Grand Valley State University (Mich.) graduate was the sprints/jumps coach for the Calvin Christian High School track and field team in 2010-11. At Calvin, Rademacher coached a Michigan state champion in both the boys' 100- and 200-meter dashes and eight conference champions.
In his time with Storm Track & Field, the Grand Rapids, Mich., native has coached seven NCAA-II All-Americans and 16 national qualifiers
The Lake Erie men head into this week's conference meet ranked No. 18 in the nation (United States Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association).
"We are highly confident," said Guarnieri, "that with the staff we now have in place, Lake Erie College will remain in the national track and field spotlight for years to come."
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