Bemidji State names Ben Baird Assistant Track and Field Coach
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Bemidji State names Ben Baird Assistant Track and Field Coach
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced the addition of Benjamin Baird to the track and field coaching staff.  Baird will serve as the assistant track and field coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at the University.

Baird becomes the first assistant coach to be fully dedicated to BSU track and field since the programs began. The position was developed through the fund raising efforts of the University, its foundation and track and field programs.

“We are fortunate to have Ben Baird back with our program,” Goeb stated.  “He has a history as a student-athlete and a graduate assistant at Bemidji State, he is familiar with our program, the University and the community. He will be a tremendous asset.”

“I’d like to thank the BSU track and field alums and supporters,” Goeb added.  “Certainly without their financial support we would not have been able to create this assistant coach position, which we feel is an opportunity to greatly enhance our track and field programs.”

“Hiring Ben is a very positive step for the track and field programs here at Bemidji State,” commented head coach Craig Hougen.  “Having another person on staff to help with the day-to-day duties will allow us to recruit more thoroughly and provide the student-athletes with more individualized instruction.  Being a graduate of the program, Ben also has the advantage of being very well-networked with area high school coaches and has a good line of communication with other alumni that have gone on to become track coaches.”

Baird, a 2000 graduate of Bemidji State, totes a tremendous amount of track and field knowledge and experience as a student-athlete and a collegiate coach. An All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference performer and three-time NSIC All-Academic team selection while attending BSU, he most recently served as an assistant track and field coach at South Dakota State University, a NCAA Division I institution.  While at SDSU, Baird was the throwing events coordinator and was responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing all throwing events, which included practice, recruiting, equipment, alumni relations and travel.

Prior to his stint at SDSU, Baird was a personal trainer and fitness associate at a private health club.  There he was not only involved training clientele to meet their fitness goals, he also gave lectures, performed fitness testing and was a health and fitness class instructor.

Baird also spent two years at BSU serving as the track and field programs’ graduate assistant coach.  

He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and has garnered Level I and II certifications from USA Track and Field.

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling approximately 5,000 students annually, the University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University supports 17 athletic programs with two competing at the NCAA Division I level and 15 participating among the NCAA Division II ranks. BSU is a member of College Hockey America, Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.