Sep 11, 2018
“MEADVILLE, Pa. – Allegheny College Director of Athletics Portia Hoeg has announced the hiring of Justin Linzy as the Gators' head men's and women's track and field coach.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Linzy arrives in Meadville after spending two seasons as the director of track and field and cross country at Olivet College, while he has also worked on the track and field staffs at Muskingum University, Huntingdon College, and Ohio Northern University.
"Allegheny College is a first class institution with tremendous athletic and academic reputations," said Linzy. "There is a rich tradition of success in track and field and cross country, and I am excited to be a part of it."
During his career, Linzy has coached five track and field NCAA qualifiers, two NCAA track and field All-Americans, 12 individual conference champions, and 22 all-conference honorees.
"We are thrilled to welcome Justin to our Gator family," Hoeg said. "He brings a great deal of passion and energy to our track and field programs, which have a tremendous tradition of excellence. I am confident that he has the skills to lead the program to the top of the conference and beyond. His student-athlete centered philosophy is in alignment with our instutitional mission, and he is going to be a very special addition to our Gator family. He is not only a strong technician in multiple event groups, but also a very strong recruiter.
"I would also like to thank Jordan Hill for her work as our interim head coach the past few months. We wish her well in her future endeavors."
Linzy served as the site supervisor and meet director of the 2015 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association cross country championships, in which he saw Olivet's Allyson Schultz earn all-conference honors, and the 2014 MIAA outdoor track and field championships. In all, his athletes at Olivet combined to set 30 school records.
In his position at Olivet, Linzy served as the head track and field coach, while also overseeing the school's men's and women's cross country programs. He worked with all disciplines with the track and field program, including sprints, jumps, throws, and distance, and produced the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) indoor 800 champion in Connor Bauserman, who went on to earn All-Region honors in the event.
"I have been fortunate enough to have gained a diverse knowledge of various event groups," Linzy said. "I consider myself a tenacious competitor, and I look forward to the challenge of coaching in a conference as strong as the North Coast Athletic Conference."
Prior to his tenure at Olivet, Linzy served as an assistant track and field and cross country coach at Muskingum, specializing in sprints, hurdles, and jumps while assisting in all aspects of the program, In 2012, he was part of a Muskie staff that was named the Ohio Athletic Conference's Cross Country Staff of the Year, while he served as meet director at a pair of events, including the 2013 Amy Adams Memorial Invitational and the 2013 OAC Split Meet. While at Muskingum, he also completed his masters in adult education.
Before joining the Muskingum staff, Linzy assisted in the start of a new track and field program at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in the spring of 2012, where he specialized in horizontal and vertical jumps while developing and supervising individual daily workout plans.
Linzy began his collegiate track coaching career at his alma mater, Ohio Northern University, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2011 season. He scouted prospective student-athletes, coordinated recruit visits, and managed the team's recruiting budget.
Prior to joining the Ohio Northern track and field staff, Linzy spent the 2010 season as an assistant on the football staff. In addition to recruiting the states of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Florida, he supervised the team's speed training, while also coaching both the running back and wide receiver positions.
Linzy graduated from Ohio Northern in 2010 with a B.A. in sports management. He was a two-sport athlete for the Polar Bears, earning All-OAC honors in football at wide receiver and in track and field as a sprinter. He helped the Polar Bears win the 2008 and 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference indoor titles and the 2009 outdoor championship.
Linzy, who will also serve as an assistant cross country coach, takes over a Gator track and field program that combined to produce 14 All-NCAC and seven All-Region performers during the 2016 outdoor season, and 11 All-NCAC and four All-Region indoor honorees.
"Our philosophy is to put great people into the community through academics, athletics, and community leadership," said Linzy. "The goals of the program are to build a championship atmosphere and to continue to have the opportunity to compete at an extremely high level."”
—Coach Justin Linzy
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