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Jim Vahrenkamp

Jim Vahrenkamp

Title: Director of Cross Country and Track and Field

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Vahrenkamp enters his fourth season with the Royals after three successful years rebuilding the cross country and track & field programs. In cross country the men captured a bid to the 2014 NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Ky. while Catie Byrd captured the program’s first ever Individual Regional Champion. She then went on to finish 32nd at the NCAA championship where she was named All-American. Her finish was the highest finish for a female in program history.
 
On the track, Nikia Squire set new school records in the 60m earning her a birth at the NCAA Championships and at the USATF Indoor championships. Her appearance at the USATF championships was a first in program history. At the NCAA championships Squire captured All-American Status in the 60m dash and the Long Jump.
 
At the 2015 outdoor championships both the men and women captured conference championship titles, another first in program history. “I am so proud of what the men and women have accomplished this year. It has been pretty inspiring to see them come together and support one another at the conference championship. There were great performances across the board in all events and they showed the type of team effort that it takes to win championships this weekend,” said Vahrenkamp.
 
Vahrenkamp repeated as Southeast Regional Women’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year, and added to his collection the 2015 Southeast Regional Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year, as well as the 2015 SAC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year awards. Through his leadership the Royals have been awarded eight All-American honors, in the past three seasons.
 
Prior to Queens, Vahrenkamp spent three season with the Augustana College Vikings in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At Augustana, Vahrenkamp’s core responsibilities involved recruiting for both the men’s and women’s programs, assisting in budgeting and fundraising, monitoring academic success plans for both programs and assisting in meet administration at home events. As an assistant he was also in charge of coaching jumps, sprints, hurdles, and multi-events with the track and field teams.
 
While with the Vikings, Vahrenkamp had the opportunity to coach Adou Omot, the 2011 NCAA Division II 800 meter indoor and outdoor champion. At the close of the 2011 spring season the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Vahrenkamp the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts in just his second complete season with the Vikings.
 
Augustana’s most recent success came in the 2011 cross country season when the women were able capture the NCAA National Title. In 2010 the Viking men finished sixth, their highest finish ever in school history, while the women took seventh. In track the Viking women won the indoor Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship for the first time in school history before winning the outdoor title for the first time in 2011.
 
Prior to joining Augustana’s staff, Vahrenkamp was an assistant track and field coach for one year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Emory, Vahrenkamp coached throws, pole vault, high jump and multi-event athletes for both the indoor and outdoor teams. The Eagles snagged their first University Athletic Association Indoor Championship in 2009 and the coaching staff was recognized as Coaching Staff of the Year.
 
Before Emory, Vahrenkamp spent two seasons with the Coyotes of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. While there he helped the men’s indoor and women’s outdoor teams become North Central Conference Champions in 2007. In 2008 the women were indoor and outdoor NCC Champions. Vahrenkamp also spent three years at Rapid City Christian High School as the assistant track and field coach where he coached the state champion in the women’s 3200. Before joining the collegiate world of coaching Vahrenkamp was the 2001 South Dakota State Champion in 300-meter hurdles and in 2002 he became the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology school record holder in the pentathlon.
 
He then went on to attend the University of South Dakota where he was part of the North Central Conference Championship team during the 2005 indoor season and the 2006 indoor and outdoor seasons. He also became the 2005 NCC Champion in the pentathlon. The Coyotes finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2006. Vahrenkamp holds a bachelor‘s degree in education which he obtained from The U in 2006. He also received his master’s degree in history from there in 2008. In addition, he has earned the USTFCCCA Head Coaching Certification and a Certification in Sprints and Hurdles along with the Track and Field Technical Certification and the USATF Level One Track and Field Coaching Certification.

Kevin Licht

Kevin Licht

Title: Head Cross Country Coach/Assistant Track and Field Coach

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In his first season leading the Royals, Licht guided both the men’s and women’s cross country teams to the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship while Tom Bains and Hannah Wolkenhauer each claimed the SAC’s individual crown. At regionals, the women won the Southeast Regional title while the men finished second. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships, and as a result of the program’s success, Licht was named Southeast Region Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association.

At the national level, Wolkenhauer captured the highest individual finish at nationals in program history, placing 19th, while the men’s team finished sixth, just 28 points shy of a podium finish, to capture the highest team finish in program history. During the season, the men’s team peaked at No. 9 in the USTFCCCA’s national rankings, while the women’s team peaked at No. 15.

Licht arrived in Charlotte after eight years of head coaching experience at the Division II, Division III and NAIA levels, both in cross country and track and field. He has previously developed 17 conference champions, 27 national qualifiers, 70 all-region selections, 74 all-conference selections and one All-American.

Most recently, Licht led the program at Anderson University for two years (2015-2017) where he was nominated for the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Women's Coach of the Year in 2016.

Other stops in his head coaching career include spending two years at Converse College (2013-2015) in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and four years at Roosevelt University (2009-2013) in Chicago.

Licht's teams have also excelled in the classroom, earning nine NCAA Division II All-Academic Team Awards, while having 13 NCAA Division II Academic All-Americans.

Licht earned a degree from North Central College in economics and finance.