Emmett Statzer is going into his 9th. season as the head cross country/track & field coach for Iowa Western. He expects another year of success in the programs. Statzer came from the state of Nevada. He had resided there for 11 years coaching and teaching. His family consists of five children and his wife.
He spent much of his early life growing up in Manhattan, Montana where he attended Manhattan High School. It was here where he developed his initial passion for track and field. The days of training on cinder tracks were long, but yet so satisfying.
He proceded to continue his running career at Jamestown College, in Jamestown, North Dakota. He ran under legendary coach Rollie Greeno. Emmett focussed on the hurdles, mid distances, and relays for the Jimmies. He graduated College Fellow in both of his Bachelor of Arts degrees. He graduated with a BA in Elementry Education and K-12 Physical Education/Health degrees with a minor in coaching.
Statzer brings passion, energy and most of all competitiveness to Iowa Western. He and his staff look forward to the 2016-2017 season and expects more success to come.
Trevor Vidlak, assistant distance coach, enters his first cross country season and second track seasons this year for Iowa Western Community College. Prior to Iowa Western he was a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he ran cross country and track and field from 2009-2014. He captained both teams for two years and his 4:00.71 mile, 8:11 3km, and 14:07 5km times are all still top-five marks in the University’s history. He also volunteered one year as a distance coach at Lincoln Northeast High School in 2015.
Trevor Vidlak was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management degree during his time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Crystal Statzer begins her 2nd year as an assistant cross country/track & field coach for Iowa Western. She joins the team with much excitement and anticipation for the upcoming season. Statzer comes from the State of Kansas where she resided for most of her life and was Head Women's cross country/track & field coach at Colby Community College the past 8 years.
Statzer grew up in Oakley, Kansas where she attended Oakley High School. At a very young age Statzer developed a love for Track and Field.
Statzer continued her education at Colby Community College from 1996-1998. She ran for Kirk Hunter the current Head Coach at Wichita State University in Kansas. Statzer was a standout runner and a five-time All American for CCC. She was one of the six ladies to make it to Nationals where their team placed second Indoor and third Outdoor. Statzer held the record at CCC in the 100 hurdles & the Pentathlon for 18 years, which were both broke by athletes she had coached. She currently still holds the record at CCC for the Heptathlon.
Statzer began her coaching career at Oakley HS from 1999-2007. In 2005 she helped coach the first girl’s team in Oakley's history to win a Cross Country championship.
Statzer began coaching at Colby Community College in 2007. During her 8 years at Colby, she coached 2 National Champions, 13 All-Americans, over 60 Academic All-Americans & set 16 new school records.
Statzer is very excited to be a part of one of the top cross country/track & field programs in the Nation here at Iowa Western. She hopes to bring passion & share her knowledge from years of coaching with this great team.