Josh Buchholtz begins his ninth season as the UW-La Crosse head men’s track & field coach in 2016-17. He also serves as the associate facilities director for the intercollegiate athletics department.
UWL captured the 2015 and 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III outdoor track & field titles under Buchholtz, the 13th and 14th outdoor championships in school history. For his efforts, Buchholtz was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Outdoor Coach of the Year both seasons.
The Eagles placed third at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships after finishing second in 2015.
Buchholtz has led UWL to six national titles, including three indoor (2009, 2013, 2014) and three outdoor (2013, 2015, 2016). The Eagles have won an NCAA III record 31 national titles (17 indoor; 14 outdoor).
Buchholtz was named the 2014 USTFCCCA National Indoor Men's National Coach of the Year and earned the 2014 USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor Men's Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
The Eagles swept the 2013 NCAA III indoor and outdoor crowns under Buchholtz, marking the 11th time in school history UWL earned the accomplishment. He was named the 2013 USTFCCCA National Indoor and Outdoor Men's National Coach of the Year. He was also selected the 2013 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year.
UWL has swept the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) indoor and outdoor championships in each of Buchholtz' first six seasons. He has been named the league's indoor coach of the year seven times (2009, 2011-16) and earned the outdoor honor on eight occasions (2009-16).
UWL placed second at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships and tied for fifth at the indoor meet under Buchholtz' leadership. The Eagles were third at the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and second at the outdoor meet while placing third at the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Buchholtz led the Eagles to the NCAA Division III indoor championship in 2009 as they tied for first with UW-Oshkosh. He also led UWL to a fifth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA III Outdoor Championships.
A total of 221 individual All-America honors (113 indoor; 108 outdoor) have been earned under Buchholtz. Eighty-one student-athletes have been named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in Buchholtz' first eight seasons.
Buchholtz served as men’s track & field head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout from 2002-08. He added the women’s track & field head coaching position in 2007. Buchholtz, who also served as a physical education instructor at UW-Stout, was the Blue Devils’ men’s cross country head coach from 2002-07.
A 2000 graduate from UWL, Buchholtz was the Eagles’ women’s track & field assistant coach from 2000-02. He has worked as a member of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) State Track & Field Meet Administration staff, taking over as the on-site coordinator in 2011.
He served as a meet director of four high school meets annually while at UW-Stout, including the 52-team Northern Badger Track and Field Classic. Buchholtz was Co-Meet Director of the 2003 WIAC Cross Country Championships and 2004 WIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
He was the equipment manager of the physical education department at UW-Stout and handled the Blue Devils’ track & field/cross country laundry and equipment.
Buchholtz is a member of the USTFCCCA.
Associate Head Coach (Throws)
Phil Whitesitt begins his 10th year as a member of the UW-La Crosse men's track & field coaching staff in 2016-17. His responsibilities include coaching the throwing events, writing strength and conditioning programs, and assisting with administrative duties.
Along with his coaching responsibilities, Whitesitt teaches physical education courses at UWL and is the assistant coordinator of sports performance for the Eagles' athletic department.
Whitesitt has coached four individuals to eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Indoor All-America honors and five athletes to 12 outdoor All-America accolades.
He is credited with coaching Bobby Riley to two (2008, 2009) of his three NCAA Division III indoor national championships in the shot put. Riley also finished second in the shot put and fourth in the discus throw at the 2009 outdoor championships under Whitesitt.
Under Whitesitt's tutelage, Grant Havard captured the national crown in the discus throw at the 2014 and 2015 NCAA III Outdoor Championships while finishing seventh in 2012 and third in 2013. Havard was fourth nationally in the weight throw at the 2013 and 2015 NCAA III indoor meet and third in 2014.
Andy Novak placed second in the shot put at the 2011 and 2012 NCAA III Outdoor Championships and third in 2010.
The Eagles' John Cooper was seventh in the weight throw at the 2012 indoor national meet and second in 2014 while placing eighth in the hammer throw at the 2013 outdoor championships and third in 2014.
A native of Brownsville, Minnesota, Whitesitt was a member of the UWL track and field team from 2001-04 when the team won eight straight national championships. He was a four-time NCAA III All-America in the 35-pound weight throw and hammer.
He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from UWL in 2005 and his master's degree in human performance with an emphasis in strength and conditioning in 2008.
Whitesitt attended Caledonia (Minn.) High School and was an assistant track & field coach at La Crescent (Minn.) High School from 2005-07.
Whitesitt is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Assistant Coach (Distance)
Derek Stanley begins his fifth season as the head coach of the UW-La Crosse women’s and men’s cross country teams in 2016. Along with serving as the head cross country coach, Stanley is an assistant coach for the Eagles' women’s and men’s track & field squads.
The men's cross country team, winners of a league-best 32 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships, captured the league title in 2012 and 2013 under Stanley.
A total of 22 All-WIAC cross country honors have been earned under Stanley at UWL, including five first team selections and 12 second team choices. The Eagles had four runners finish in the top-11 and nine in the top-27 at the 2013 conference championships. In 2012, eight runners placed in the top-20, including five in the top-10.
UWL placed second at the league meet in 2014 as five runners finished in the top-14. The Eagles were also second in 2015 with all seven runners placing in the top-26.
The Eagles have recorded top-four finishes at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships in three different seasons under Stanley, placing third in 2013 and 2014 and fourth in 2012. Four runners have earned NCAA III All-America accolades under Stanley's tutelage with Josh Kaul (24th-place) and Josh Dedering (30th) picking up honors in 2012 and Alex Ciesielski (8th) and Jonah Weisse (33rd) in 2014.
UWL has won three NCAA III titles (1996, 2001, 2005).
The UWL women's cross country squad has won two WIAC Championships under Stanley (2013, 2014) while finishing second twice (2012, 2015). A total of 24 All-WIAC cross country honors have been earned under Stanley, including nine first team selections and seven second team choices.
The Eagles had eight runners finish in the top-19 at the 2014 WIAC Championships. Four runners finished in the top-nine at the 2013 WIAC Championships and five in the top-12 at the 2014 league meet as UWL recorded its fourth back-to-back conference crowns in school history and first since 2005-06. Four runners finished in the top-20 at the 2012 WIAC Championships as the Eagles placed second.
Laura Mead captured her second straight individual WIAC title in 2014, becoming the seventh runner in league history to accomplish the feat. She is the second runner in school history to win back-to-back crowns joining Tori Neubauer (1982, 1983). Mead, Neubauer and Julia Rudd (2002, 2005) are the only runners in UWL history to capture two individual conference titles.
UWL placed 12th at the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships under Stanley as Kaitlyn McDaniel earned All-America honors with a 33rd-place overall finish. The Eagles were 13th at the 2014 NCAA III Championships as Mead earned All-America accolades with a 10th-place finish. She became the first runner to place in the top-10 since Stephanie Perleberg finished seventh in 2009.
The Eagles finished 19th in 2013 and 25th in 2012 at the national cross country championships under Stanley.
Both cross country squads have earned the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Scholar Team Award in each of Stanley's four seasons at the helm of the program.
Stanley was an assistant men’s cross country coach and assistant women’s and men’s track & field coach UWL in 2011-12.
Prior to coming to UWL, Stanley was the head coach of the women’s and men’s cross country and track & field programs at Marietta College (Ohio), a position he held from 2004 to 2011. Stanley took the reins of a program near the bottom of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and moved it progressively higher. The women’s cross country team finished last at the OAC Championships in Stanley’s first year, but improved to fifth by 2008. The Pioneer women also recorded three sixth-place showings (2006, 2007, 2009) under Stanley.
On the men’s side, the team improved from a ninth-place finish at the OAC Championships during Stanley’s first year to consecutive sixth-place finishes during his last two years. During Stanley’s tenure at Marietta (Ohio), the cross country teams earned nine All-OAC and two all-region honors. The women’s squad earned the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic All-America award for eight straight years while the men’s team earned the honor in 2010.
While at Marietta (Ohio), Stanley also built a solid record as the head coach of the Pioneers’ track & field programs. He was named the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2009. He was also selected the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2010. Marietta’s (Ohio) women’s coaching staff was named the 2010 OAC Indoor Track & Field Staff of the Year. The track & field programs fielded 98 all-conference athletes under Stanley’s tutelage, including 26 conference champions. Marietta (Ohio) also had 23 NCAA Division III qualifiers and five All-Americas.
Stanley recruited and coached Caleb Muller at Marietta (Ohio), a national qualifier in the 10,000-meters at the outdoor national championships. Muller competed at the 2010 NCAA III Cross Country Championships under Stanley, Marietta’s first national qualifier in 30 years. He was also a national qualifier in 2011. Muller became the first male in school history to win an OAC cross country title in 2011.
Before becoming head coach at Marietta (Ohio), Stanley was the head women’s and men’s cross country and track & field coach at Bluffton University (Ohio) from 2001 to 2003. He also served as the head men’s cross country and assistant men’s track & field coach at Tiffin University (Ohio) from 1999-2001.
Stanley earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Tiffin (Ohio) in 1999. Later, in 2002, he obtained his master’s of education from Bowling Green State University (Ohio).
Assistant Coach (Pole Vault)
Doug Geiwitz begins his 20th year as an assistant coach for the UW-La Crosse men's track & field team in 2016-17. He also starts his ninth season as a member of UWL's women's track & field squad.
Geiwitz is credited with coaching Hans Schmidt, a five-time national pole vault champion (three outdoor; two indoor) and six-time NCAA III All-America. Geiwitz has coached 27 other All-Americas at UW-L.
A 1991 graduate of UWL, Geiwitz was a two-time NCAA III All-America in the pole vault for the Eagles. He was the 1990 outdoor national champion and third at the 1990 indoor meet.
He is in his 19th year teaching science at Sparta (Wis.) High School and also acting as a technology mentor for the district. Prior to teaching in Sparta, Geiwitz taught for five years at Beloit (Wis.) Memorial High School.
Assistant Coach (Sprints)
Matt Gordy is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the UW-La Crosse men's track & field team in 2016-17. A native of Whitewater, Wisconsin, Gordy was a nine-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III qualifier. He four career NCAA III All-America honors, including three at the 2011 outdoor championships. Gordy was third in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 200-meter dash while being a member of the third-place 4x100-meter relay. He earned NCAA III Indoor All-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the 55-meter dash in 2010.
A member of three national championship teams, Gordy was a four-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III All-Academic Team selection.
Gordy was a 14-time scorer at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships. He won the 55-meter dash at the 2008 WIAC Indoor Championships while placing second in the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the 2009 indoor meet. At the WIAC Outdoor Championships, Gordy finished second in the 100-meter dash in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. He was also a member of the second-place 4x100-meter relay at the 2008 and 2011 WIAC Outdoor Championships. He was a WIAC Scholar-Athlete nominee.
He earned his undergraduate degree from UWL in English education in 2011 and is currently in the student affairs administration in higher education master's degree program at UWL. Gordy, a USTFCCCA Level 1 certified coach, is a graduate assistant in career services at UWL.
Assistant Coach (Hurdles)
Luke Ackerson coaches the hurdle events for UW-La Crosse in 2016-17. He coached Luke Sauerman and Dan Otto in the 60-meter hurdles to the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Indoor Championships. Sauerman, Dan Otto and Luke Rohloff qualified in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 outdoor national championships with Sauerman finishing seventh earning All-America honors. Sauerman ranks fourth (14.36) on the all-time list in the 110-meter hurdles.
Prior to coaching at UWL, Ackerson coached for two years at Spooner (Wis.) High School, coaching nine state qualifiers. Spooner had a second-place finisher in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2015 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) along with a third-place finish in the long jump and sixth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run. He coached four athletes to school records while at Spooner.
Ackerson graduated from Spooner in 2008. He was a two-time state qualifier in the 4x400-meter relay and one-time 110-meter hurdles qualifier. Ackerson won five total conference championships in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay. He earned all-state special mention in basketball his senior year and was a first team all-conference selection in basketball and football. Ackerson was a second team all-league choice in basketball as a junior.
Ackerson earned his bachelor's degree in early childhood to middle childhood education from UWL in 2013. He was a member of the Dean's List. Ackerson earned four letters at UWL, competing in the high hurdles.
He currently teaches fourth grade at State Road Elementary School in La Crosse.
Assistant Coach (Jumps)
Clark Lundquist is in his third season as an assistant coach at UW-La Crosse in 2016-17. He earned his bachelor's degree from UWL in psychology. Lundquist won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) outdoor high jump championship in 2008. He was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III qualifier.
Lundquist works for Fastenal in Winona, Minnesota. A native of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, he was an assistant track & field coach at Gibraltar High School (Wis.).
Assistant Coach (Distance)
John Hibshman is in his first season as an assistant cross country coach and assistant men's track & field coach at UW-La Crosse in 2016-17. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Lebanon Valley College (Pa.) in 1987 and his master's degree in physical education and exercise science from Michigan State University in 1991.
He was co-captain and MVP in cross country at Lebanon Valley (Pa.) from 1984-86 and co-captain and MPV in track & field from 1984-87. Hibshman was on the Dean's List.
A four-year varsity letter winner in cross country and three-year varsity letter winner in track & field at Annville-Cleona (Pa.) High School, Hibshman competed in seven state championships (four cross country, three track & field). He was team MVP in cross country and still holds the school record for the 1,600-meter run of 4:19 set at the 1982 state meet.
He was inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Hall of Fame for distance running in high school, college, and post-collegiate in 2000.
Hibshman is self-employed, running the John Hibshman Personal Training Services, LLL, since September 2002. He is a member of the National Exercise & Sports Trainer Association and American College of Sports Medicine.
He served as head cross country coach at Pewamo-Westphalia (Mich.) High School in 1990 and head track & field field coach at Annville-Cleona (Pa.) High School in 1989. Hibshman was also the assistant cross country coach at Lebanon Valley (Pa.) in 1988. He was the assistant distance coach for track & field and cross country at Onalaska (Wis.) High School from 2011-15.
A native of Annville, Pennsylvania, Hibshman's wife, Donna Anderson, is an economics professor at UWL. The couple have three children, Maddie, currently in her first year at St. Louis (Mo.) University Medical School; Matt, a junior at Washington (Mo.) University and Keaton, a freshman at Denver (Colo.) University.
Assistant Coach (Multi)
Garrett Carlson is a student assistant coach for UW-La Crosse in 2016-17. He will earn his bachelor's degree in broadfield social studies education in fall 2016.
A native of West Salem, Wisconsin, Carlson finished 13th in the decathlon at the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships. He placed fifth in the decathlon at the 2016 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships.
He served as President of UWL's Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society in 2015-16. Carlson was Salutatorian at West Salem High School in 2011, graduating with a 4.00 grade point average. He was the Panthers' girls and boys pole vault coach in 2013-14.