John Metelko enters his third season as the V-Hawks Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach. Last season, the V-Hawks continued to build and compete in just their second season as a varsity program. On the women's side, the V-Hawk harriers finished second at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships and two runners qualify for the NAIA National Championships. The Lady V-Hawks finished first or second at five of the six meets they ran in last season. On the men's side, the V-Hawk harriers finished fourth at the MCC Championships and finished in the top four in three of their six meets last year. The Lady V-Hawks had two first team all-conference selections while the V-Hawk men had one honorable mention all-conference selection.
During Viterbo's inaugural season (2008-09), the V-Hawk harriers competed in six meets which included a first place finish at the UW-Platteville Invitational on the women's side. Both the men's and women's teams finished fourth at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships. Individually, the V-Hawks did produce the men's MCC Champion and Harrier of the Year. The V-Hawks also had five runners earn NAIA Scholar Athlete honors while the women's team as a whole was named a NAIA Scholar team.
Viterbo is Metelko's first experience as a head coach but he does have experience of being an assistant coach. Metelko joined the V-Hawks after serving as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I, University of Evansville. At Evansville, Metelko supervised morning practices, helped develop race and training strategies, provided scouting reports for upcoming races, and maintained race statistics to analyze performance and training progressions. During his time at Evansville, he earned his USA Track and Field Level 1 certification and also served as an admissions counselor. Metelko has now earned his USA Track and Field Level 2 certification and is a member of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Prior to his coaching experience at Evansville, Metelko found success as a runner at the University of Evansville. There he was a four-year letterman under the well respected Coach Don Walters. During his time as a student-athlete he was chosen as recipient of the Most Improved Runner Award and the 110% Effort Award for his dedication to training and teammates. His personal records include 26:10 for 8k (at Drake University) and 33:51 for 10k (at Indiana State University) in cross country and 8:54 for 3k (at Tennessee State University) and 15:50 for 5k (at Butler University) in track competition.He also helped lead Evansville to their best ever finishes at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championship, Missouri Valley Conference Championship and the NCAA Great Lakes Region Championships.
Once finishing his athletic career, Metelko graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing his Master of Science degree in Geography from Northern Illinois University. Metelko also serves as one of Viterbo's Residence Life Community Coordinators. Metelko and his wife Beth currentlyreside in La Crosse, Wis. and have a beautiful daughter, Rose.