GRANVILLE, Ohio -- Denison University men's and women's head track and field coach Mark FitzPatrick has announced the promotion of assistant track and field coach Mike Petro and the addition of Krystle Schade to the Big Red program.
Petro moves into the role previously occupied by Ashley Shaffer, who was recently named the head track and field coach at Muskingum University. During her time in Granville, Shaffer coached 16 national qualifiers, nine All-Americans, and one national champion. Shaffer was also announced as the Women's Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in 2015.
Since coming to Denison in 2015, Petro has worked primarily with the throws group where he has produced eight All-NCAC selections, six conference titles, and three school records. His coaching success has been complimented by the dominance of senior thrower Arlesha Cospy, who set the NCAC record in the discus throw in 2016 and placed 16th in the discus at the 2017 NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championship.
As the latest addition to the Big Red program, Schade comes to Denison after spending the last seven years involved with NCAA Division I track and field. Spending the 2016 season at the University of Texas at Arlington, Schade assisted in the development of six all-conference athletes and two conference champions in the 110m hurdles and triple jump.
Prior to UT Arlington, the Sunshine, Florida native worked as a volunteer assistant for the men's and women's track and field program at Florida International University. Working primarily with the jumpers, Schade helped mentor six all-conference selections, three school record holders, and an All-American.
Along with her coaching success at the NCAA Division I level, Schade spent her collegiate career at the University of Alabama where she earned her bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in education. In five years with the Crimson Tide, Schade earned eight All-American honors in the high jump, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 and in the same year was named the NCAA Division I Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.