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Reid Ehrisman moves to head coach and Gene Brooks to continue in an assistant role
Courtesy: USF Athletics

Ehrisman Named USF Head Track and Field Coach

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 06/04/2012
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University of Sioux Falls athletic department announced the promotion of assistant track and field coach Reid Ehrisman to the head men's and women's track and field coach position. Previous head coach Gene Brooks will remain on staff in an assistant role, as he has also accepted a new position as USF's Vice President of Student Development.

Ehrisman has spent the last five seasons in an assistant position for the Cougars' track and field team and has served as the assistant head coach since 2008. Specializing in Pole Vault, Ehrisman has also taken additional duties, including the track and field team's recruiting coordinator.

Under Ehrisman's guidance, USF pole vaulting program has emerged as one of the nation's best, accumulating 34 national qualifiers, 15 All-Americans, 11 top-10 NAIA National Championship finishes, and two outright National Championships. The Cougars vaulting presence was also felt within the Great Plains Athletic Conference, where they accounted for 11 conference titles and eight second place finishes.

"Reid has demonstrated a great deal of leadership and a commitment to our track and field program," said Sanchez. "A large part of our success can be traced back to the recent recruiting efforts of our coaching staff, one that Reid played a pivotal role in. We are confident in his ability to motivate our student-athletes to reach their potential, so we are excited."

Prior to joining the Cougar coaching staff, Ehrisman served as the graduate assistant jumps coach at his alma mater, Concordia University (Neb.) from 2005-2007. He completed his Master's degree in Education in 2007.

Before hanging up his spikes, Ehrisman was a national contender on the runway himself. Highlighted by six NAIA National Championship qualifications and one conference crown, Ehrisman celebrated a solid pole vault collegiate career at Concordia where he received his Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education.

Over the last five years, USF's track and field success has not been limited to the pole vault. The Cougars have garnered 30 NAIA All-American honors, three individual NAIA National Championships, the program's first conference title, and a team eighth place finish at the 2011 NAIA National Championships.

Former head coach Gene Brooks will utilize his extensive coaching and previous student development experience in his recently appointed position.

"We can't thank Gene enough for the exceptional job he's done over the last six years," said Sanchez. "Under his direction we've seen unbelievable growth, not only in terms of our participation, but enhanced exposure of both our student-athletes and facilities on a national level."

Before joining USF, Brooks served three years at Concordia as a resident director and from 1998-2006 he served as Director of Student Life with responsibilities over residence life, judicial affairs, new student orientation, and student leadership training. He received his M.S. in Family Life Ministry from Concordia in 2003.

"Gene is a true asset to this institution and deserves the opportunity to assume a greater role in the day-to-day operations of the university," said Sanchez. "With that being said, I'm excited he remains committed to the track and field program as we transition into the Northern Sun."

Prior to his time in Nebraska, Brooks served as a theology instructor for four years at a Lutheran high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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