Track Hires Eggerth, Hierholzer

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State track and field head coach Cliff Rovelto announced Wednesday the additions of Andy Eggerth and Kyle Hierholzer to his coaching staff. Eggerth and Hierholzer will assist Rovelto in coaching the jumps and combined events.

 

Eggerth joins the K-State staff after three years at UAB as the sprints, hurdles and field events coach. While with the Blazers, he guided his athletes to nine school records, six qualifiers for the NCAA Regional Championship and one NCAA Indoor Championship provisional qualifier.

 

In addition to his collegiate coaching efforts, Eggerth has coached a number of post-collegians in the Pan-American Games, European Championships, World Championships and the Olympic Games.

 

Eggerth is a 2000 graduate of Bemidji (Minn.) State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in sport management. While at Bemidji State, Eggerth was voted the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Athlete of the Year in 2000 and set 16 school records, one NSIC record and was an NCAA regional qualifier in six events.  

 

Hierholzer comes to Manhattan after one season at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, as the assistant track and field/cross country coach. While at South Plains, Hierholzer coached three NJCAA National Champions, nine NJCAA All-Americans, a 2006 U.S. Junior champion in the men’s long jump and a 2006 World Junior finalist in the long jump.

 

Prior to his stint at South Plains College, Hierholzer was a graduate assistant at Texas State University from 2003-2005. During his time as a student-athlete for the Bobcats from 1998-2003, he earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing. On the track Hierholzer competed in the decathlon and hurdles and helped the Bobcats to four straight Southland Conference titles.

 

Eggerth and Hierholzer replace former Wildcat assistants Hilary Merkley and Austra Skujyte.