Dec 23rd, 2011 @ 9:23 am | Author:
Valley City State University announced that Ken Frenette has joined VCSU Viking athletics as head coach for the men's and women's cross-country and track & field teams. Frenette joins the Viking staff with over 23 years experience as head men's and women's cross country coach at NCAA Division I Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.
Jack Denholm, athletic director at VCSU, said, "We are extremely excited to hire someone with Ken's ability and Division I experience in cross-country and track. His record of success both athletically and academically while at Campbell University make an outstanding fit for the priorities of Viking athletics."
"I am honored and excited to be given the opportunity to be the Head Coach of Track & Field and Cross Country at Valley City State University," said Frenette. "I want to thank Mr. Denholm, VCSU president Steve Shirley, and the search committee for giving me their vote of confidence and placing their trust in me to guide the track & field and cross country programs. It is also with great anticipation that I look forward to working with both the athletes and coach Brohmer in the New Year."
Under Frenette's tenure, Campbell's men's and women's cross country teams claimed 13 top-five finishes each during 17 years of competition in the Atlantic Sun. Campbell athletes earned all-conference honors in cross country 50 times under Coach Frenette. On the track, his distance runners brought home 113 all-conference accolades.
A four time conference cross country Coach of the Year honoree, Coach Frenette also served as Director of the middle and long distance program in the spring, instructing Campbell's distance runners during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. He competed in the 1992 Olympic trials and represented Canada in the 1991 Panamerican Games finishing 6th in the marathon. As a student, Frenette was one of Campbell University's top distance runners from 1984-88 when he clinched the Big South Conference cross country individual championship twice. He continues to hold three Campbell records. A certified USA Level II Track and Field coach in the middle and long distance events, Coach Frenette earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Campbell University.
As head coach, Frenette's responsibilities will include scheduling of competitions and practices; recruiting, coaching, mentoring and retaining student athletes; monitoring annual budgets; supervising assistant coaches; fostering strong alumni relations and meeting all institutional, and NAIA rules and regulations.