|Alma Mater:||Loyola Marymount|
Now in his fifth season as head coach of the University of North Dakota track and field teams, Kevin Galbraith has guided the program to new heights.
UND has set the bar higher and higher for itself every season under Galbraith’s guidance, and that was no different in 2014-15. School records once again fell repeatedly, with the following standing as new all-time best marks:
Jakob Bissell (Weight)
Natasha Brown (60-meters)
Jesse Fenstermacher (600-meters)
Shawny Kramer (Weight)
Tyler Olson (400-meters)
Jakob Bissell (Hammer)
Molli Detloff (Hammer)
Rachel Dryburgh (400-meters)
Jayd Eggert (Javelin)
Jesse Fenstermacher (800-meters)
Tianna McKinney/Heather Harrower/Paige Slemmons/Rachel Dryburgh (4x100 relay)
Detloff also broke the freshman record in the weight throw on three difference occasions during the indoor season.
UND’s student-athletes earned conference-wide recognition to go along with those program-best marks. Three men’s athletes earned All-Big Sky Conference honors: Bissell (weight, hammer), Fenstermacher (800-meters), and Michael Quesenberry (shot put). The women’s team saw three all-conference finishes as well from Brown (200-meters), Detloff (hammer), and Eggert (javelin).
Two UND student-athletes earned Junior All-America honors, as Detloff received such recognition in the discus and McKinney did the same in the 400-meters at the 2015 USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships. North of the border, Brown earned herself a third-place finish in the 100-meters at the 2015 Canadian Track & Field Championships.
One-hundred new entries were etched into UND’s all-time top-10 listings in 2013-14, 63 by Galbraith’s women’s team and 37 by his men’s squad. Of those 100 performances, 11 stand as new school records:
Jakob Bissell (Hammer)
Ke-Ke Burks (Hammer)
Stephanie Clarke (400-meters)
Tyler Colling (Pole Vault)
Molly Griep (Shot Put)
Sam Saccoman (5,000-meters)
Josey Page/Alyssa Espinoza/Paige Slemmons/Anne Van Heel (400-meter relay)
Clarke, senior Shawn Johnson (shot put, discus) and Jayd Eggert (javelin) each qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Championships. Clarke became the first Big Sky Conference champion in program history after capturing the 400-meters at the outdoor championship with a school-record time of 54.03 seconds. Johnson, meanwhile, earned all-conference outdoor honors in both the shot put and discus, becoming the first student-athlete in UND men’s track history to earn multiple All-Big Sky honors in one championship.
In the classroom, both the men’s and women’s squads earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors, while Eggert was also recognized individually. Additionally, sophomore Jimmy Evers and junior Erin Wysocki were named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country Team by a vote of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
In 2012-13, UND's first as a member of the Big Sky Conference, Galbraith engineered a record-setting season for both his men's and women's squads. Burks, Griep, Eggert, D'Monte Farley and incoming freshman John Hoplin qualified for the 2013 U.S. Junior Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the first in UND track and field history to do so. Both Eggert and Farley earned All-America honors in their respective events.
Additionally, Eggert, Farley and advanced to the NCAA Division I NCAA West Region prelims. At the conference level, Johnson, Griep and Clarke earned the first All-Big Sky honors in program history.
Senior Kirsten Haas was named an Academic All-American, while 36 student-athletes earned indoor academic all-conference accolades and 26 were named outdoor academic all-conference.
Galbraith, who was named head coach at UND on July 19, 2011, led UND's women's team to runner-up finishes at both the 2012 Great West Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships, while the men's squad placed third at both championship meets.
Under Galbraith's tutelage, UND student-athletes claimed nine individual GWC titles, highlighted by senior Emily Emerson's GWC record time of 4:27.29 in the 1,500-meters, the final race of her decorated career. Mikaela Hirst (triple jump), Taylor Brett (pole vault), Roman Waldera (discus), Jesse Fenstermacher(800-meters), Shawn Johnson (shot put) and Matthew Harris (pole vault) also captured GWC outdoor titles, while Brett and Christine Weinreich (weight throw) won GWC indoor championships.
Senior sprinter Chris Stoks won UND's prestigious Glenn "Red" Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year Award (all sports), senior Tyler Rose received the GWC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sportsmanship Award, senior Lindsay Anderson was named the GWC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and freshman Chantel Urban was named the GWC Female Freshman of the Year.
During Galbraith's first year at UND, his student-athletes were equally prolific in the classroom, as both the men's and women's squads were named 2011-12 Division I All-Academic teams by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). UND's women's team boasted a cumulative 3.45 grade point average to tie for 13th among the 171 Division I women's teams honored. On the men's side, UND owned a 3.19 cumulative GPA to tie for 31st among 85 honored teams.
Individually, Anderson was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All‐America Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She was joined on the Academic All-District Team by her UND teammate, junior Kirsten Haas.
During the fall of 2012, Galbraith and his staff unveiled a new addition to the program's practice facilities: the Gill NCAA Double Ring Tall hammer cage. The first-ever hammer cage at UND, it is the same model that was used at the 2008 Olympic trials hammer throw and is built to the specifications required to host an NCAA championship. The cage, which also enhances training safety for UND's student-athletes, puts the program's throwing facilities on par with nearly every school in the nation.
An experienced collegiate track and field coach with a diverse coaching background, Galbraith came to UND after a highly successful seven-year tenure as head men's and women's track and field coach at the University of Northern Colorado, where he guided the Bears through their transition from Division II to Division I and into the Big Sky Conference.
During his time at UNC, Galbraith's student-athletes set 15 school records and added 68 marks to the program's men's and women's top-10 lists. UNC also boasted several significant milestones, including its first NCAA Division I qualifiers in school history (all sports), the first NCAA national championship female qualifier in school history, and the first Big Sky individual champions (all sports) in school history.
Galbraith also developed a comprehensive training and strength development plan for Amr Seoud, a Beijing Olympic qualifier. Seoud trained with the Bears in 2010 and went on to set two Egyptian national records and win the Gold medal in the 200 meters at the 2010 African Championships.
Prior to his arrival at UNC, Galbraith spent five seasons (1999 to 2004) as an assistant track and field coach at Long Beach State University, where he coached sprints and hurdles. In four of his five seasons, he coached the top three finishers at the conference championship in the men's 400 meters, and he also had the top freshmen finishers at the Big West Championship in both the men's and women's 400 meters his final three years.
Galbraith is a 1981 graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications and was the cross country team's most valuable runner as a senior. He served as a volunteer cross country coach at LMU from 1986 to 1993, and received a master's degree in communication in 1991.
In 1995, Galbraith was named head track and field coach at Los Angeles Valley College, where he spent two seasons. He also served two stints (1993-95, 1997-99) as assistant track coach with Track West, a USA Track and Field (USATF) national club program based out of Santa Monica, Calif.
Galbraith has also served as the meet manager of the Southern California Twilight Distance Qualifier in Los Angeles, and the Southern California Cross Country Championships in Walnut, Calif.