New Coaches Making Strides and Waves with Eagles

This school year, three new coaches were introduced to lead two athletic teams. The men’s cross country team was under new leadership this season with co-head coaches Lonnie Adkins and Paul Beyerle. In their first season as co-head coaches, the men’s cross country team led the way at several meets.

In September, the team placed 4th out of 30 teams at the Cedarville Invitational. Four Eagles placed in the top 50 and received medals — Sean Gideon ‘20 (12th), Ian Cormier ‘20 (27th), Luke Mitchell ‘23 (31st) and Trey Myers ‘20 (44th). At the Firebird Invitational, the Eagles finished 1st in the Blue Division. Those in the top 20 received medals and included six Eagles — Gideon (5th), Cormier (6th), Myers (10th), Mitchell (12th), Eric Meyer ‘21 (13th) and CJ Greek ‘20 (17th).

At the GCL Conference Meet on October 12, the Eagles placed third overall. Placing in the top 20 included Gideon (9th), Myers (10th), Cormier (15th) and Mitchell (16th). The top five runners for the Eagles had an average time of 17 minutes and 14 seconds. The Eagles will race next in the district competition on October 19.

On Tuesday, October 15, the Eagles new men’s and women’s swimming head coach was introduced. Kevin Van Buskirk replaces Kate Corrado Whistler ‘90 who sadly passed away in July. Joining Van Buskirk is a familiar face for the Eagles — Ellen Brown was an assistant coach last year and is assisting again this season.

Van Buskirk was a scholarship swimmer with West Virginia University. He has previous coaching experience with Shelby High School from 2015-2016 and is on the board at the Dayton Raiders Swim Club.

“I am most looking forward to this community,” said Van Buskirk. “We have swimmers with all varying levels of talent and I’m looking forward to this season.”

Students interested in swimming this season with the Eagles are asked to contact Van Buskirk at

Posted October 17, 2019