Hendrix has a new track coach

Andrew Raske has been named the new head coach of the Hendrix College track and field program, director of athletics Amy Weaver announced Thursday.

 

Raske, who spent the last four years as an assistant for the Warriors, takes over for Patrick MacDonald, who stepped down after 13 years.

During his time as the Warriors’ assistant, Raske coached six NCAAA Division III All-Americans, 10 national qualifiers, and 13 Southern Athletic Association champions. He has also coached 45 All-SAA selections and 17 All-Region honorees. Raske’s athletes have also broken 33 school records between indoor and outdoor seasons.

Raske has also been the strength and conditioning coach for the Warriors’ track & field, cross country and volleyball teams.

“Andrew has done an excellent job the past four years as the assistant and he is ready for this new challenge,” Weaver said. “Through his recruiting efforts, tremendous work ethic, and the great rapport he has built with our student-athletes, he has played a huge role in the recent success of our track and field program. I am confident he will continue to build on that success and we look forward to seeing the great things the track and field program will accomplish in the future.

“We have made huge improvements as a program in my four years as an assistant at Hendrix, and I am looking forward to building on that momentum and bringing home a SAA Championship,” Raske said.

Raske, a former decathlete for Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division II member Minnesota State University, Mankato. While with the Mavericks, he coached five All-Americans, three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champions and the NSIC record holder in the decathlon and heptathlon. MSUM also won four conference titles during Raske’s tenure.

Raske spent the 2010-11 school year as an assistant at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. He coached the Prairie Fire’s pole vaulters and javelin throwers at Knox.

MacDonald spent 13 years as the head coach of the track and field and cross country programs. During his tenure, he coached 13 All-Americans, 30 all-region selections and 151 all-conference performances.

“There are not words to describe the appreciation I feel for Hendrix and everything they’ve done for me and my family,” said MacDonald. “I’ve learned so much from my student-athletes and colleagues over the years, I will look back on the last 13 years and all of the things our student-athletes have accomplished very fondly. The program is in great shape, and I’m excited to watch it continue to improve and grow. We’re now more competitive than we’ve ever been.”

 

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