Head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Nick Radkewich begins his second year at Belmont Abbey with an addition to his title. He will also serve and Men's and Women's Triathlon Coach with the addition of the program to the Crusaders' lineup.
Radkewich already made an impact in his first season, helping the women's cross country team to a third-place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championship, its highest since 1998. Freshman Elizabeth Labun earned second team all-conference honors as she finished ninth overall. During the spring, senior Lucy Schmitz, junior Liz Thierfelder and sophomore Michael Koceja were all named to the USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field All-Region Team.
Radkewich, who represented the United States in the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a triathlete, comes to Belmont Abbey from Endicott University in Beverly, Mass., where he spent two seasons as the Head Men's & Women's Cross Country Coach. Before that, Radkewich served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Rivier University in Nashua, N.H., where his teams completed their most successful season in over a decade. Radkewich also has served as a manager with the Elite Triathlon Academy (ETA) in Colorado Springs, Colo., mentoring and developin Olympic hopefuls.
A former IronKids National Champion in 1985, Radkewich went on to become the 1990 US Age Group National Champion & US Junior National Champion, the 1998 US Olympic Format Elite Champion, USA Triathlon Elite Athlete of the Year, Olympic Committee Triathlete of the Year and also represented the U.S. in the Goodwill Games twice, having placed fifth in one of those appearances.
Radkewich was two-time Foot Locker National Championship qualifier in Florida and was a state cross country runner-up at Longwood Lyman High School. He went on to compete in cross country and track at the University of Notre Dame earning all-conference honors 5 times, including a conference runner up in cross country, and 5,000 meter best of 14:24 on the track.
A 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor's of Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Radkewich went on to obtain his Masters of Science, Sports & Recreation Management-Coaching in 2010 from New England College. He is a certified USA Track & Field Registered Level 1 Coach and has been accepted into the USA Track & Field Level 2 Coach program. Radkewich also is a US Olympic Triathlon Level 1 Coach.