Position: Head Track & Cross Country Coach
Phone: 785.594. 4580
Zach Kindler has served as the Wildcat's head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach since 2007.
Kindler's program reached unprecedented heights in 2012-13 with a HAAC championship in men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, women's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field.
His men's cross country squad took 10th in the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship meet in Vancouver, Wash., and his women's team took three runners to compete in the national meet.
During the Indoor season, Baker posted five NAIA All-Americans at the National Championship meet in Geneva, Ohio.
In the Spring of 2013, Baker finished sixth at the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field meet and the men's squad took 11th nationally at the meet. Baker posted 13 NAIA All-Americans at the NAIA Outdoor National championship meet in Marian, Ind.
Under Kindler's leadership, Jeremy Gathright won the men's 400 national championship in a time of 46.62, marking the second national champion in Kindler's time as head coach at Baker. The other national champion came in 2012, when Stephanie Nelson won the women's Javelin.
In the 2013-14 athletics season, Baker captured the 2013 HAAC Women's Cross Country Championship and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan., finishing the national meet in 17th-place. In the 2014 Indoor season, the Wildcats captured two more HAAC team titles in Lamoni, Iowa and qualified nine athletes for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
The 2014 Outdoor season brought even more success for the program, including a 2014 HAAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship for both the men's and women's programs and BU took 22 athletes to the national meet. The Wildcat women's team finished the national meet in 20th-place and posted five All-America honors.
During his time at Baker, coach Kindler has been named Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 18 times and won four cross country conference championships and 11 track and field conference championships.
The Esbon, Kan., native comes to Baldwin City after serving three years (2004-2007) at Kansas Wesleyan University in the same position. Previous to Kansas Wesleyan, Kindler served as an assistant coach at Fort Hays State University (NCAA Division II). As a student-athlete he achieved All-American status four times and Academic All-American status twice while bringing home a national title in the javelin for the Tigers. Kindler graduated with an undergraduate degree in sports management in 2001 and a master's degree in sports administration in 2003.
Kindler, his wife Sara, daughters Taylor and Tessa and son Carter live in Gardner, Kan.