Central Michigan University Track

Coaching Staff

Matt Kaczor  |  Associate Head Coach

Matt Kaczor was named Central Michigan’s associate head coach in June, 2013. He oversees the cross country program and the distance runners in the track & field program.

Kaczor, a former Central Michigan cross country and track & field student-athlete and captain of the 2004 Mid-American Conference-champion cross country team, joined the CMU coaching staff as an assistant under three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Jim Knapp in 2008.

Kaczor replaced long-time assistant track and field and head cross country coach Craig Fuller following Fuller’s retirement in 2008.

Since Kaczor took the reins of the cross country program in 2013, Chippewa runners have earned All-Mid-American Conference honors 11 times.

Under Kaczor’s leadership, CMU’s Nate Ghena earned First Team All-MAC honors in three consecutive seasons (2013-15), and Abbey Kelto broke a combined six school records in her senior year, 2014-15, and in the process became just the second female runner in Chippewa history to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

She also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary in the 10,000 meters that year.

Kelto holds the CMU indoor records in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, the outdoor 10,000 meter mark and the steeplechase record along with both the 5K and 6K cross country standards. She also earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, an honor that goes to student-athletes who achieve a grade point average of 3.25 or better and finish in the top 25 at the NCAA Regional, or earn All-America status at the National Championships.

Under Kaczor, both the men’s and the women’s cross country squads have been among the contenders annually at the MAC Championships. Both squads have finished third twice in Kaczor’s three years at the helm of the program.

Both CMU women’s cross country teams received All-Academic recognition from the USTFCCCA for its cumulative grade point averages in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, and the Chippewa men earned the honor in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

In 2015, the CMU women recorded a 3.51 GPA, the men a 3.49, which put them among the top 20 in the nation.

The Chippewas have earned 26 Academic All-MAC honors in Kaczor’s three years at the helm of the cross country program.

In all, seven CMU cross country and track & field records have been set since Kaczor joined the coaching staff and seven Chippewas have earned All-America honors in track & field since he came on board in 2008.

In 2010, CMU’s Raeanne Lohner became the first female in program history to earn Most Outstanding Performer at the MAC Outdoor Championships as she won both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters.

Kaczor competed for the Chippewas in both track and cross country from 2001-04, and was part of four teams that captured MAC titles, three in cross country (2002-04) and one in track & field (2003). That 2003 squad delivered CMU its first MAC team championship in the sport.

He earned his degree in secondary education and history in 2005 and began his coaching career at Oakland, serving as an assistant coach for the Golden Grizzlies. While coaching at Oakland, Kaczor worked as an educator at the Academy of Oak Park - Mendota in Ferndale and has also taught in Troy.

Kaczor, a native of Freeland, and his wife Jill have two children, daughter Clara Dee, and son Ryan Matthew. He is a United States Track and Field Level I certified coach.


Bryant Wilson  |  Assistant Coach

Central Michigan director of track and field/cross country Mark Guthrie has hired Bryant Wilson to join his coaching staff for the 2013-14 season.
Wilson brings an expertise in the pole vault to the Chippewas' coaching staff. A four-time NCAA Division II national champion and two-time U.S. national championships qualifier in the event, Wilson has previously worked with the pole vaulters at Illinois (2010-11) and Saginaw Valley State (2011-12). He will work with pole vaults, men's multi-events and sprints.

"Bryant brings instant credibility as an international caliber athlete and four-time National Champion in the pole vault," Guthrie said. "As a Hale, Michigan product, he possess a knowledge of Michigan high school track and field. That, when coupled with his energy and enthusiasm, was an exciting dimension that I was looking for. He also brings a sprint dynamic to CMU as well with his background in strength and conditioning along with years spent at Illinois with Bryan Carrell working with pole vault and three-time Olympian and coach Tanja Buford-Baily."

In his one season at Illinois, Wilson mentored Matt Bane, who won the Big Ten Conference indoor championship as a freshman. Another freshman, Steph Richartz, placed third at the outdoor conference championships and earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals. Five different vaulters achieved lifetime personal bests under Wilson at Illinois.

At Saginaw Valley State, Wilson guided Elizabeth Willford to a 10th place finish at the NCAA indoor championships in 2012. Most recently, Wilson was assisting with on-track training of the middle distance runners at Northwood.

Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Grand Valley State in 2010. He swept the indoor and outdoor pole vault national titles in 2007 and 2008, was an eight-time All-American and is Grand Valley State's school record holder in the indoor and outdoor pole vault.


Andrew Basler  |  Assistant Coach

Andrew Basler is in his fourth year coaching the jumps and women's multi-events under Central Michigan Director of Track and Field Mark Guthrie.

Basler is in his second stint as a Chippewa assistant, having worked with the women's track and field team's sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and combined-event athletes from 2005-07.

Highlighting Basler’s first stint at CMU was the performance of Tamera Thomas, who earned All-America honors in the pentathlon at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships and was named Most Valuable Performer at the 2006 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships. Basler coached two athletes who qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, three who qualified for the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, two U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers, seven MAC champions, three MAC record holders, and 13 program record holders.

From 2007-13, Basler was the associate head women's track and field coach and the assistant men’s coach at California-Riverside, where he has worked directly with the sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, combined-event athletes, and javelin throwers. Administratively, Basler managed the program's travel and equipment budgets while also serving as meet director for home track and field and cross country meets, including the Big West Conference Championships from 2008-12.

At Riverside, Basler coached six U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers, five junior national championships qualifiers, three indoor national championships qualifiers, five NCAA All-Americans (combined indoor and outdoor), 12 Big West outdoor conference champions and 37 school record holders (combined indoor and outdoor). Two of his athletes, Ashley Gatewood and Danielle Littleton, earned special recognition in 2011 when Gatewood was named Big West Conference Female Field Athlete of the Year and Littleton was tabbed Big West Conference Female Freshman Athlete of the Year.

During Basler’s 11 years of coaching, he has also coached multiple post-collegiate athletes on the national and international stages. Highlights of his post-collegiate coaching include guiding Riverside alum Ted Hooper (long jump) to the 2016 Indoor World Championships, as well as second-place finishes at the 2015 Indoor USA Championships, 2015 Taiwan Open Athletic Championships, and the 2015 Asian Athletic Championships. In addition, Basler helped guide Riverside alum Allison Wilder (triple jump) to a third-place medal at the 2016 British Indoor Championships.

Under the tutelage of Guthrie at Wisconsin-La Crosse, Basler won the 2002 NCAA Division III indoor national title in the long jump. He was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and was the captain of La Crosse's teams that swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA team championships in 2001 and 2002.

Basler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art from La Crosse in 2002 and his a Master of Arts in Sport Administration degree from Central Michigan in 2014.


Matt Adams  |  Assistant Coach

Matt Adams is in his third year as an assistant track and field coach, specializing in throws.

In his two years with the Chippewas, Adams has coached his throwers to three program records, five freshman program records, two Mid-American Conference individual championships, nine All-MAC honors, seven NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers covering 13 events, and three USA Track & Field Junior qualifiers.

During the 2017 outdoor season, Adams guided four Chippewa throwers -- Kylee Dobbelaere, Dylan Banagis, Kevin Weiler and Logan Targgart – to the NCAA East Preliminary.

Under Adams’ guidance, Banagis finished second in the weight throw in the MAC Championships with a throw measuring 69 feet, 3 ¼ inches, the fifth-best throw in MAC Championships history. Banagis placed third in both the discus and the hammer throw in the MAC Outdoor Championships in ’17, while another Adams protégé, Avery Joseph, earned All-MAC honors in the Javelin.

Also under Adams’ watch, Dobbelaere set the outdoor weight throw program record (194-2), and Targgart set CMU freshman records in the hammer throw (213-9) and in the weight throw (62-1 ¾). Both previous marks had stood for some 25 years.

In 2016, Adams-coached thrower Cole Walderzak earned the Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer Award at the MAC Outdoor Championships when he won the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 215-7, and won the discus in a meet-record 191-10. Weiler earned the Men’s Freshman Performer of the Year at the MAC Indoor Championships. Six Chippewa throwers qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary First Round.

Prior to his arrival in Mount Pleasant, Adams served for four years as an assistant coach at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Ill. Under Adams’ tutelage, Olivet Nazarene throwers earned three NAIA national championships, 19 All-America honors, and set 28 school and 17 conference records. In 2015, Olivet Nazarene’s Jacob Armbrust recorded the longest discus throw, 207-3, in Illinois collegiate history under Adams’ watch.

As a student-athlete at Oregon, Adams was an NCAA West Region qualifier in the javelin and helped the Ducks to the Pac-12 championship in 2005. He was a four-time National Junior College Athletics Association All-American in the javelin and the discus at Glendale (Calif.) Community College.

Adams holds and associate’s degree from Glendale Community College, a bachelor’s of science in sociology from Oregon, and a master’s of education from William Woods University, which he earned in 2012. Adams also holds multiple coaching certifications through USA Track & Field and the United States Track Field & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.


Andre English  |  Assistant Coach

Andre English is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Central Michigan track & field program, specializing as a sprints/hurdles coach.

English served for the previous two years as the head cross country/track & field coach at Marietta (Ohio) College, where, in addition to his coaching duties, he worked to enhance alumni relations and fundraising.

Prior to taking the job at Marietta, English spent five seasons as an assistant at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., where he oversaw the program’s sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams.

Among those that English coached at SBU was William Shell, a long sprinter who in 2014 was named the Division II Central Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and earned CoSIDA/Capitol One All-America honors.

English mentored 10 All-Americans and 26 All-Region honorees, and assisted in grooming at least one indoor or outdoor All-American in all five of his seasons at SBU.

English began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Kentucky while pursuing his master’s degree in kinesiology. In his first year with the Wildcats, English made an instant impact, assembling and developing a 4x400-meter men’s relay team that won the Southeastern Conference indoor title and went on to achieve All-America honors.

English was a standout hurdler as a student-athlete at the University of Illinois. He was a four-time regional qualifier and in 2004 qualified for the NCAA Championships. He was a two-time runner-up in the Big Ten Championships in the 60-meter hurdles (2004) and in the 110-meter hurdles (2006).

English earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois in recreation, sport and tourism in 2006.