Time to change guard for Michigan State University & # 39; s cross-country and track & field program, Rita Arndt-Molis has been named Associate Head Coach following Walt Drenth & # 39; s appointment as director of programs.
Arndt-Molis will train men and women in middle and distance runners on both cross-country and track. She spent her first two years as head women's coach and # 39; s cross-country team and as an assistant coach on track and field.
His effect was immediate. The 2004 cross-country team was 14th at the NCAA National Championships, led by All-American Danette Doetzel & # 39; s 12th place finish. Women also placed 3rd at the Great Lakes Regional Championships and qualified for Illinois as runner-up in the Big Ten Championships.
Arndt-Molis provides leadership, encouragement and motivation to lead her runners to competitive and class success. His 2004 cross-country team posted a team GPA of 3.52 to earn Academic All-American recognition.
The track team in 2005 set a school record of 11: 29.69 in the distance medley relay and took part in the Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Arndt-Molis led the 2005 cross-country team to the 5th consecutive trip to the NCAA National Championships where the Spartans ranked 30th. Before qualifying for nationals, the team finished 5th at the Great Lakes Regional Championships. The whole team and # 39; s 3.61 GPA earned them Academic All-American recognition.
The 2006 track team finished 4th at the Great Lakes Regional Championships with 4 runners — Nicole Bush, Emily Adams, Michelle Rafferty and Aimee Keenan — qualified for the NCAA National Championships. Bush was 5th in the 3000-meter national run in school records 10: 01.04, and he became an All-American with the 5th-fastest 3000-meter in the nation.
Prior to Michigan State, Arndt-Molis spent two seasons as an assistant coach for cross-country and track at the University of South Florida Bulls, where he helped develop 43 conference athletes in the conference, 10 all-regional performers and 3 NCAA qualifiers.
Personable and energetic Arndt-Molis coaches Christa Benton, South Florida & # 39; cross-country first-ever All-American, and Andrew Smith, the Bulls & # 39; first conference man & # 39; s cross-county champion. In the tracing, the men's men. The 4×800 relay team set a school record. Arndt-Molis was a part of the 2003 Conference USA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Like Walt Drenth, Rita Arndt-Molis had great coaching success before coming to the Michigan State University campus.
Arndt-Molis runs for Spartans & # 39; cross-country and track team for 2 years before ending his college career in South Florida, where he was a 6-time NCAA qualifier, 3-time All-American Academic and helped the Bulls & # 39; in their first Conference USA Championship, and their first finish at the NCAA Championships in 1998.
In her 5 years of cross-country and track & field coaching career, Rita Arndt-Molis has directly helped create:
Sixty All-Conference athletes, 4 individual Conference champions, 1 Conference champion, 24 All-Regional athletes, 4 Academic All-American teams, 2 Academic All-American individuals , 2 NCAA Cross-Country Championship qualifying teams, 11 NCAA Regional qualifiers, and 3 All-Americans.
You can call Rita Arndt-Molis personality, demeanor, strength, positive or upbeat, but the best name to call her is the winner. He was a winner first, last and always, and Michigan State University and its athletes benefited from it every day as he coached in green and white.
Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley