Nick Radkewich, a 2000 U.S. Olympian in the sport of triathlon, enters his third season as head coach of the men's and women's track and field and cross country programs.
Radkewich has led all six programs to new heights in just two years, improving the roster in both depth and talent. His indoor and outdoor teams set 22 school records during his first year, while breaking 17 in 2016-17. Belmont Abbey had its first-ever provisional qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championship and its first-ever field provisional qualifier for the Outdoor Championship.
Additionally, two cross country runners earned Division II Division II All-Academic Team honors, while one track athlete also made the team. The women's team finished 2017 ranked 13th regionally, while the men stood 15th men's team finished 2017 ranked 15 -- both program highs.
Radkewich 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.
Prior to Endicott, Radkewich served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Rivier University in Nashua, N.H., where the teams enjoyed their most successful season in over a decade. They won two team titles on the women's side, while having overall winners in both men's and women's invitationals. Radkewich also has served as a manager with the Elite Triathlon Academy (ETA) in Colorado Springs. In this role, he mentored and the developed the athletes through the rigors of elite triathlon training and adaptation to life as an Olympic hopeful.
Radkewich, who represented the United States at the Sydney Olympics, came to Belmont Abbey from Endicott University in Beverly, Mass., where he spent two seasons as the Head Men's & Women's Cross Country Coach.
A former IronKids National Champion in 1985, Radkewich went on to earn several national honors. He was the 1990 US Age Group National Champion & US Junior National Champion and the 1998 US Olympic Format Elite Champion. Radkewich was named USA Triathlon Elite Athlete of the Year and US Olympic Committee Triathlete of the Year, while representing the US at the Goodwill Games twice. His best finish there was fifth.
A cross country and track runner at Longwood Lyman High School, Radkewich was two-time Foot Locker National Championship qualifier and was the runner-up at the state cross country championship. He went on to compete in cross country and track at the University of Notre Dame, earning all-conference honors five times, including a conference runner-up in crosscountry finish. He recorded a 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 and his wife Susan have five children: Isabelle, Owen, Duncan, John and Taylor. They reside in Davidson, N.C.