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Cross Country - Mon, Sep. 4, 2017

La Crosse, WI – Viterbo University Director of Athletics, Barry Fried, announced that Don Fritsch has been hired as the head men's and women's cross country coach.  Fritsch will also serve as the associate men's and women's track and field coach.

Fritsch served as the head men's cross country coach at UW-La Crosse from 1998-2011.  During that span, he led the Eagles to two NCAA III national titles (2001, 2005) and eight WIAC conference championships.  Fritsch also served as the UW-L assistant cross country coach from 1992-97 and was the assistant women's cross country coach in 1991.  From 1992-2012, he served as an assistant coach for the UW-L men's track and the field program.

 "I would like to thank Barry Fried, the selection committee, and Viterbo University for offering me this wonderful opportunity," said Fritsch.  "I am very excited to return to coaching and use my energy and passion for the sport to help student-athletes reach their potential.  Coach Metelko built a strong foundation and I'm looking forward to the challenge of taking the programs to the next level."

Prior to coaching at UW-La Crosse, Fritsch served as the head boys and girls cross country coach at Stevens Point Pacelli High School from 1981-1990, leading his teams to a combined 15 WISAA II state championships.

Fritsch holds a bachelor's degree in health and physical education and a master's degree in human performance.  He has teaching experience both at Longfellow Middle School, La Crosse and St. Peter Middle School in Stevens Point. 

"Don brings wisdom, experience and a pedigree of success," stated Athletics Director, Barry Fried.  "He is passionate about coaching and understands the hard work and commitment it takes to succeed.  He will be a great addition to the V-Hawk family."

Fritsch takes over for John Metelko, who accepted a coaching position with the University Evansville, IN.  He will begin as head coach immediately and can be reached at 608-317-8957 or [email protected] for interview or comments.

 

Fritsch Coaching File

1998-2011       Head Coach Men's Cross Country, UW-La Crosse

1992-2012       Assistant Men's Track and Field Coach, UW-La Crosse

2008                Interim Head Men's Track and Field Coach, UW-La Crosse

1992-97           Assistant Men's Cross Country Coach, UW-La Crosse

1991                Assistant Women's Cross Country Coach, UW-La Crosse

1981-90           Head Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach, Stevens Point Pacelli High School

1985-91           Head Boys and Girls Track and Field Coach, Stevens Point Pacelli High School

   
   

Fritsch Honors/Accomplishments

  • UW-La Crosse Athletics Hall of Fame (2015)
  • Wisconsin Cross Country Hall of Fame (2004)
  • National and regional cross country Coach of the Year, UW-La Crosse (2001, 2005)
  • 7 time WIAC cross country Coach of the Year, UW-La Crosse
  • 10 time conference Coach of the Year (cross country), Stevens Point Pacelli
  • 5 time district Coach of the Year (cross country), Stevens Point Pacelli
  • 4 time conference Coach of the Year (track and field), Stevens Point Pacelli
  • Interim Men's Track and Field Head Coach when team won 2008 Indoor National Championship
  • 10 time assistant coach for NCAA III indoor track and field national titles, UW-La Crosse
  • 8 time assistant coach for NCAA III outdoor track and field national titles, UW-La Crosse
   
 
 
 
 
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