Head Coach Michael Stevenson
Although Stevenson enters his first year coaching track for the Skyhawks, this is nothing new compared to his past experience in the sport. Stevenson served as the Head Track and Field Coach at Western Illinois University for 13 seasons, and added another 10 seasons in an assistant coaching role at WIU. He also served as an Assistant Coach for 3 seasons at the Big Ten affiliated Purdue University and spent another 2 seasons as the Head Coach at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). A five time Conference Coach of the Year while at WIU, Stevenson has worked with every event on the team. Stevenson has coached 24 NCAA Division I National qualifiers, with 16 of those earning All-American status. He is a USATF Level II certified coach in the jumps. As a Western Illinois student-athlete himself, Stevenson earned All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honors multiple times, as well as serving as a team captain during his junior and senior years. He still remains in the schools Top Ten list as a sprinter. Stevenson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from WIU.
Assistant Coach Nick Hartz
Hartz was head track coach at Bureau Valley High School and has helped guide multiple athletes to medal at the state meets. He is also a United States Track and Field Level I certified coach and USATF Level II Coach in Endurance, Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays. He joined the SVCC staff in 2015 as an assistant coach for Cross Country and in 2017 as co-head coach with current assistant coach of Cross Country, Mike Sullivan.
Coach Hartz is a 1996 graduate of Bureau Valley High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Monmouth College in 2000 and a Master's of Education in Educational Psychology from the UIniversity of Illinois in 2007. He is currently a teacher at Bureau Valley North Junior High School.
Assistant Coach Freya Block
Although it is Block's inaugural year to coaching, she is no stranger to the sport. After a successful high school career at Kewanee High School, Block moved to Division I athletics at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. There she earned USATF Junior All-American honors in 2014, Missouri All-Conference honors in 2015 and 2017, NCAA First Team All-American Honors in 2017 for the hammer throw.
During her time at SIU, Block completed a Bachelor in Agriculture degree and Master in Agribusiness Economics degree in 2017, and currently works at AgPerspective Inc. in Dixon as a grain marketing consultant.