John Metelko will lead the V-Hawk track and field teams into their first season, but Metelko is not new to Viterbo, or to building programs. Metelko, the 2010 Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, came to Viterbo in 2008 to start the cross country programs. In the three years since then Metelko has built the cross country program to record levels as success and stability have followed. In three seasons, the V-Hawks have produced one All-American, one team-conference championship, six All-Conference selections, four honorable mention All-Conference selections, and a team appearance at the 2010 NAIA cross country national championships.
Outside of competition, Metelko's teams have been successful as well. In 2008 and 2009 his women's cross country teams were recognized by the NAIA as a Scholar Team. Since 2008, ten student-athletes in Metelko's program have earned the NAIA's Scholar-Athlete designation and seven have been name Academic All-Conference.
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 and his wife Beth reside in La Crosse, Wis. and have one daughter, Rose.
Shayne Cooper, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is in his first year coaching at Viterbo University. Cooper specializes in the sprints, hurdles and relay events and will also assist in coaching the horizontal jump events while a member of the Viterbo coaching staff.
Cooper comes from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where he was both an athlete and coach. As a student- athlete Cooper was a multiple Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion in the hurdles and relay events during both indoor and outdoor competition. Cooper has personal records of 14.42 in the 110HH, 21.41 in the 200m and 54.37 in the 400IH.
As the SRU Graduate Assistant, Cooper planned and supervised track workouts and weight room programs, directed track clinics, aided with recruiting of high school athletes, and managed high school and home meets. Cooper also coupled as the sprint/hurdle coach for the 2010 and 2011 Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field seasons. Over the last two seasons, Cooper's student -athletes claimed two All- American honors, 11 individual PSAC champions and 40 PSAC All- Conference honors.
Cooper earned his Master of Science in Sport Management from Slippery Rock University in May, 2011 and also has a USATF Level II coaching certification.
Sarah Schnick begins her first year as an assistant coach with the Viterbo University track and Field teams. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Schnick will work with the V-Hawks high and vertical jumpers.
A successful runner and high jumper, Schnick comes to Viterbo after working with student-athletes at La Crosse's Aquinas High School since 2001. Durring this time Schnick has coached multiple state qualifying high jumpers and has also worked with sprinters during her time with the Blugolds.
A 2005 graduate of Viterbo University, Schnick resides in the La Crosse area with her husband Nathan and their son William.
Luke Crowley begins his first year as an assistant coach with the Viterbo University track and Field teams. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Crowley will work with the V-Hawk throwers.
A multiple time national qualifier in the 35lb weight throw and discus, and 2009 All-American at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Crowley comes to Viterbo after volunteering his time at Caledonia (Minn.) High School in 2010. During the 2008 spring season a torn ACL kept Crowley from competing, but he used his passion for the sport to assist the throwers at La Crsecent (Minn.) High School.
A 2003 graduate of La Crosse Logan High School, Crowley still resides in the La Crosse area.