With the resignation of Milton Williams, who served as the head men’s and women’s track and field coach, Lyon College Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins has named Adam Trausch as the new head coach of both programs, the school said in a media release.
Trausch served as the head coach for the track and field programs prior to Williams’ arrival before the start of the 2018-19 school year. Trausch spent the last two seasons assisting Williams with track and field. He will also keep his role of head men’s and women’s cross country coach.
“Coach [Adam] Trausch has done a great job in growing the cross country programs since they returned to campus and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do with the track and field programs as well,” said Jenkins. “We are fortunate to have him here, and then be able to turn to him to lead both the cross country and track and field programs.”
Trausch, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., joined the Scots after serving as an assistant cross country/track coach for nearly six seasons with stops at Defiance College (2016-2017), UW-Oshkosh (2014-2016) and Wisconsin Lutheran College (2011-2013). During his time as an assistant, Trausch worked with cross country/distance student-athletes in training and strength and conditioning, recruited prospective student-athletes, managed budgets, fundraisers, and assisted meet management hosting high school, collegiate home meets, conference championships and the national cross country championship.
At Defiance, he mentored the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s track athlete of the year and coached athletes to all-conference honors in the 5000-meter run and steeplechase. The Yellowjackets attained All-Academic team status in both track and field as well as cross country from the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.
As a volunteer assistant coach at UW-Oshkosh, Trausch assisted 2015 WIAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year Eamon McKenna. That season the women finished 15th at the national meet that was hosted by UW-Oshkosh, while the men finished 13th, with one All-American in cross country. He mentored Jordan Carpenter, a two-time recipient of the Elite 90 award, given to the highest grade point average at the National Championship.
As a graduate assistant at Wisconsin Lutheran, the men’s team went from seventh to third in the North American Collegiate Championship. Trausch mentored back-to-back individual conference champions for the women’s team. In addition to the two conference champions, he coached eight first team all-conference runners.
In addition to his assistant coaching positions at the collegiate level, Trausch held other coaching positions. He also served as a counselor for the Milwaukee Area Distance Running Club (2013) and was a camp counselor for the Green Lake Cross Country Camp (2012-16).
Trausch attended Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in health service administration. He was a member of both the cross country and track and field teams at Davenport. Trausch was the first athlete in program history and was a four-time WHAC all-conference performer. In addition, he was a Daktronics Scholar-Athlete all four years of his career.
Trausch earned his USA Track & Field Level 1 Certification in 2012 and is a member of the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. He achieved the Eagle Scout Rank for the Boy Scouts of America in 2006.