Head cross country and track and field coach Mark FitzPatrick has announced the hiring of three new assistant coaches to his staff. Mike Petro and Tim Fox will be assisting the track and field program while Denton Thompson will serve as a cross country assistant.
Petro joins the DU staff after graduating from fellow North Coast Athletic Conference institution Allegheny College in 2015. During his time as a Gator, Petro earned five All-NCAC accolades, including conference championships in the weight and hammer throws as a senior. He graduated as the program record-holder in both events and qualified for nationals in the hammer throw in 2015. Petro graduated from Allegheny in the spring of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Petro will work closely with the Big Red throwers.
Fox is a 2015 graduate of Muskingum University, where he earned three varsity letters in track and field. In 2014 and 2015, Fox was All-Ohio Athletic Conference in the pole vault and was All-OAC in the triple jump in 2015. He competed in five events while at Muskingum and was also a decathlete. In the spring of 2015, Fox graduated from Muskingum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Heath Science. Fox will be working with the sprinters and hurdlers.
Thompson graduated from Otterbein University in 2014. While at Otterbein, he ran cross country and was named captain of the track and field team as a graduate student. Thompson helped his team finish fourth at the OAC Championship and 14th at the NCAA Regional meet. Thompson graduated from Otterbein with bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Finance. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration at his alma mater.