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Moore Adds to Coaching Staff

Monday, October 28, 2013

Valparaiso Track & Field head coach Ryan Moore has announced three new additions to his coaching staff. Patrick Heckroth, Dillion McBride, and Ross Bunchek join the Valparaiso Track & Field program as assistant coaches for the 2013-14 season.  The trio solidifies an already talented staff consisting of James Overbo and Mike Straubel. 

Patrick Heckroth joins the Crusaders after assisting at Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif. As a former student-athlete at the University of Northern Iowa, Heckroth specialized in the 400-meter hurdles. Upon finishing his career at Northern Iowa, he gained valuable coaching experience as both a high school and collegiate coach.  As the sprints and hurdles coach at Waverly-Shell Rock High School, in Waverly, Iowa, Heckroth designed workouts that led to the development of some of the top sprinters and hurdlers in the state of Iowa.  Under his guidance, the team shattered state records and won multiple State and Drake Relay championships.  Heckroth then moved into the collegiate ranks, joining Fresno State University as the Field Team assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs. During his time at Fresno State, he helped guide three hurdlers to the USA Junior National Meet and developed two Mountain West Conference champions and 14 Mountain West All-Conference selections.  In addition to his responsibilities as the Field Team assistant, Heckroth served as a graduate assistant in the Motor Learning Lab.

Heckroth graduated from Fresno State in May of 2013 with a master’s degree in Kinesiology – Sports Psychology. Following graduation Heckroth attained his USATF Level II coaching certificate. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Movement and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Iowa.  As an assistant coach at Valpo, Heckroth will focus on sprints and hurdles. 

Dillion McBride comes to Valpo after having captained the men’s track and field team at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Grand View, McBride competed as a decathlete on three MCC Indoor Champion teams and three MCC Outdoor Champion teams.  As a championship team member, he set the school record in Javelin.  McBride carries collegiate experience in multiple events including Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, and Discuss. 

McBride holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and is currently working towards his master’s degree in Sports Administration at Valparaiso. As an assistant coach for the Crusaders, he will work primarily with the jumpers and throwers.  

A native of Valparaiso, Ross Bunchek returns to Northwest Indiana after a three-year stint in Nebraska.  He was previously associated with the University of Nebraska Track & Field Team where he was a Volunteer Assistant Throws Coach for the Huskers under coach Carrie Lane.  While at Nebraska, Bunchek assisted the Husker Throws program in all aspects and helped in guiding the 2012-13 Huskers to one Big Ten Team Championship, one individual Conference Championship, and three All-Conference performances.

Before joining the Huskers, Bunchek was a four-time NCAA Division II All-American in both the hammer-throw and weight throw at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. During his time with the Wildcats, he set numerous school and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) records in both events. He recorded personal bests of 68'11" (21.01m) in the weight throw and 217'2" (66.20m) in the hammer throw, the latter of which qualified him for the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.

Bunchek graduated in May of 2012 with a master's degree in exercise science in only one and a half years. While at Wayne State, he served as an academic graduate assistant to the University's Health, Human Performance and Sport Department (HHPS). Following graduation, he earned his USTFCCCA Academy Technical Coaching Certification and his NSCA designation as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He also holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Carthage College, where he was a two-time NCAA DIII National Qualifier for the Red Men. In his first year with the Crusaders, Bunchek will work primarily as a strength & Conditioning coach and hammer-throw specialist.

Women's Track & Field Archives
2013-14 Women's Track & Field
10/28/2013 Moore Adds to Coaching Staff
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo