Co-coaches to head Fire track teams

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

GALESBURG - Knox College named Patrick Irwin and Dan Zierfuss as co-head coaches for track and field on Monday.

Irwin was also given the head coaching position of the cross country team and Zierfuss will be an assistant for the Knox football team.

Their duties are effective July 1 and the two will replace previous coach Chris Pio.

Assistant football coach Cory Bonstead will also assist the track and field teams in the jumping events.

"Having two head coaches will allow us more coverage in recruiting. The addition of Cory gives us three recruiters in track," Knox athletic director Chad Eisele said in a press release. "We are concerned with the roster size of the team. This will help widen our recruiting base and it gives us a chance to bring in more student-athletes."

Irwin, a Monmouth native, was an assistant coach for the Prairie Fire cross country and track and field teams last season. The distance running specialist was a four-year letter winner at Cornell College (Iowa) in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

"I am excited to be a part of the program in a head role," Irwin said. "I have the advantage of being an assistant, so I know how things work, I am familiar with the athletes and they are familiar with me. I have some new and fresh ideas and I hope to bring some success and enjoyment to everyone involved with the program."

Zierfuss received his degree in Psychology from Beloit College in 2005 and was a captain for both the football and track and field teams. He was named to the academic All-Midwest Conference team from 2002-2005.

Zierfuss was a graduate assistant coach for the track and field teams at Carroll College last season and coached the school record holders in both the men's and women's hammer throw at Carroll. He was also an assistant football and assistant track and field coach at Beloit in 2005-06. His area of expertise is in throwing events.

"I am extremely excited to take this position," Zierfuss said. "Knox College is a great place for student-athletes to come while working on earning a degree. It is exciting to be a part of the track and field program here. I feel the program has unlimited potential."

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