Four new assistant coaches have joined the Buena Vista University athletic coaching staff for the start of the 2013-14 academic year as announced by BVU Director of Athletics Christyn Abaray.
Andrew Napier is on board and will hold the title of Director of Cross Country / Assistant Track and Field Coach. He had been the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas for the last two years, while serving as an assistant in both sports at UW-Parkside for one year prior to that. He’s a December 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa and was also a four-year member of the Hawkeye Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. He was a Big Ten runner-up in 2008 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
“We’re paving new ground here at BVU with the hiring of Coach Napier as our Director of Cross Country and Assistant Track and Field Coach,” says Abaray. “Our men’s and women’s cross country programs are in great hands with Coach Napier and Head Coach Jeff Brennan. Coach Napier’s experiences as a successful cross country student-athlete, an effective coach, and a solid professional will help push us to the next level.”
Alison Myrtue, who served as part-time assistant coach for the women’s soccer team a year ago, will step into a full-time role beginning this fall. She was a key part in helping to guide the team to a school-record setting 10 wins in 2012-13.
“It’s an exciting time for our women’s soccer program,” states Abaray. “New head coach Kristen Gay begins her tenure and Coach Myrtue joins our women’s soccer coaching staff full-time this year. I am definitely looking forward to what the tandem has in store for BVU women’s soccer.”
Gay is anxious to work with someone like Alison who brings an eagerness to learn and desire to help the team succeed.
“Her experience and familiarity with BVU and the IIAC will serve as a huge asset for the women’s soccer program and myself,” she says. “Alison is an up-and-coming young coach that is eager to learn and help this program continue to succeed. I couldn’t be more excited to have her as a part of this staff.”
Braden Studelska becomes the first-ever full-time assistant coach on the men’s soccer side. He was with the staff last year as a volunteer coach and will return to his alma mater full time this season. He was a four-year player for the Beavers from 2006-09.
“We gladly welcome Coach Studelska back to the BVU sideline,” adds Abaray. “After volunteer coaching for us last year, we’re happy to have him on a permanent basis. The team will benefit from him being an alumnus of the men’s soccer program and from his experiences both in coaching and in life since then.”
“We are very happy to have Braden returning to BVU as an assistant coach,” adds head coach Marc Baumbach. “His work last year as a volunteer coach was great, and we expect he will continue in that manner as a full time assistant. He understands the level we would like to get to as a program and will be very helpful in that process. Braden is also a great link to our alumni and will help promote and continue our positive connection with them.”
Jennifer Radley steps in as the new assistant softball coach. She is a graduate of both Des Moines East High School and Wayne State College. She was a three-time First Team All-NSIC performer for the Wildcats and became the program’s all-time home run leader during her junior season. She blasted a single-season record of 16 as a senior. Following graduation in 2011, she spent time as a graduate assistant coach for the Wildcats while obtaining her master’s degree.
“We’re excited to have Coach Radley on board,” says Abaray. “She’s a rising star in the softball coaching community with her successful playing career and quick start in her coaching career. She’ll bring great perspective and insight to the program, be a welcomed addition to Coach Hupke, and a positive image for the student-athletes.”
Head coach Heather Hupke is just as eager to have Radley on board.
“We’re very excited to have Jennifer on staff,” Hupke states. “She brings passion to BVU and her knowledge will be a good addition. She just loves to coach and see the ladies improve each day.”
All four individuals officially began their duties for the department on August 1.
Check out photos of our student-athletes in action in the Beaver sports photo galleries.