Bemidji State announces finalists for cross country and track and field coach
Monday, June 1, 2015
Bemidji State announces finalists for cross country and track and field coach

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Tracy Dill today announced four finalists in BSU’s search for a new head cross country and track and field coach. The candidates include: Marlon Brink, Michael Coonen, Kevin Kean and Kirk Nauman.

The finalists will be on campus June 1-3 as a part of the selection process.

Brink just completed his 14th season as the head men’s and women’s track and field coach and cross country coach at Wayne State College. Along with his head coaching duties he has been a physical education instructor. A nine-time NSIC Coach of the Year and a 2007 USTFCCCA North Central Regional Men’s Indoor Track Coach of the Year. While at WSC, Brink has coached 35 NCAA Division II All-Americans, five consecutive top 25 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships since 2013 and has marked seven NSIC team championships. Prior to Wayne State, he was the head coach at Mount Marty College (1995-00), assistant coach at Mount Marty College (1994-95) and assistant coach at South Dakota State University (1992-94). A student-athlete at Midland Lutheran College (1987-91), Brink is a NAIA Scholar All-American and a NAIA National Qualifier in both cross-country and track. Brink earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Midland Lutheran College (1991) and a master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from University of South Dakota (1999).

Coonen has been a part of the St. Cloud State University track and field coaching staff since 2010. While at SCSU he has coached 45 national meet qualifiers, two student-athletes to All-American status, 41 All-NSIC performers, six individual conference champions and has been the recruiting coordinator since 2012. In addition, he assists in fundraising efforts and has developed training plans, including strength and conditioning work for sprinters, hurdlers and relays. As the recruiting coordinator, his 2012-2014 classes have met 30 NCAA Division II National meet qualifying marks and his 2012 and 2013 classes recorded 32 All-NSIC performances with three champions. Prior to St. Cloud State, Coonen was an assistant track and field coach at Emporia State University (2009-10) and the assistant track and field coach at St. Cloud Technical High School (2007-08). A graduate of St. Cloud State, he was a two-time team captain, four-year letter winner and a five-time All-North Central Conference selection. As a student-athlete, he competed in the 60-, 100- and 200-meter dash events and was a sprint relay participant. Coonen earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training with a minor in coaching and a master’s degree in sport administration. 

Kean is coming off his second season as the assistant track and field coach at Tiffin University, where he is the equipment manager for the team and has been responsible for administering training sessions and strength programs for sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers, and multi-event athletes. Has coached 22 Division II national qualifiers, with four athletes earn All-American status to highlight student-athlete honors. Kean also spent two summers as a volunteer assistant coach and nutrition leader at The John Godina Throwing Camp and was the assistant track and field coach at Northern Michigan University (2008-12). In addition, he served as a volunteer at the Roger Kingdom and Friends Track and Field Camp. Kean carries multiple USA Track and Field and USTFCCCA certifications. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health education and physical education and a master’s degree in exercise science from Northern Michigan University.

Nauman recently completed his eighth year as the head men’s and women’s track and field coach at the College of St. Scholastica. A USTFCCCA Central Region representative and a member of the executive committee, he has coached many student-athletes to All-American, all-conference, school record and national qualifying performances. A 19-time UMAC Coach of the Year, 2005 MIAC Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year, he has coached 12 All-Americans, 44 NCAA championship participants, his teams have earned 25 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference team titles and 390 UMAC individual champions. Nauman also spent time as the assistant coach at at Saint Mary’s University (2003) before being named head coach (2003-07), was a graduate assistant at Minnesota State University, Mankato (2001-03) and spent one year stints at University of Wisconsin-Superior and Allegheny College. He received his bachelor’s degree in sports administration from UW-Superior and a master’s degree in physical education: sports administration from Minnesota State.  

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).