By Christian Frazier
The Rochester University Athletics Department promoted assistant coach Sean Foulkes to head coach for the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field team in January after Alexander Wilson resigned from his duties.
Before accepting the head coaching position, Foulkes served as an assistant coach for multiple programs, including Rochester University, Portage Northern and Athens high schools, Lawton Community Schools, Grand Rapids Fire and a club team called “Throw Farther.”
During Foulkes’ time as a collegiate competitor at Ferris State University, he set multiple personal bests as a thrower. He competed in discus, shot put and hammer throw, earning marks of 140,42 and 120 feet, respectively. Additionally, Foulkes is certified as a level two USA Track and Field coach in throwing.
Foulkes said he is excited about the future of the Track and Field teams. “I want to continue building our numbers in the short term; and in the future, I want to compete for a conference title and send our kids to nationals,” he said.
Allyson Slone, distance runner and elementary education/learning disabilities major, said, “Coach Foulkes has done a wonderful job with our team so far! He has brought an unmatched amount of energy and lots of grit, which have kept spirits high, despite the unexpected coaching change.”
The track and field teams will compete at the WHAC Jamboree hosted by Aquinas College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Feb. 13.