Former Bethany College cross country and track and field coach Robert Spies has migrated a few miles south for his next position.
As announced Friday by Doug Quint, McPherson College Athletic Director, and head cross country and track & field coach Cameron Magnall, the Bulldogs have hired Robert Spies as an assistant cross country and track & field coach.
Spies will serve as assistant cross country coach, sprints coach for the track team, and the program’s strength and conditioning coach.
“Robert's hiring solidifies our commitment to the cross country and track & field programs,” Quint said. “In my mind, we now have the premier coaching staff in the KCAC.”
Spies makes his way to McPherson College after being the head cross country and track & field coach at fellow KCAC institution Bethany College for the past three years. He brings over a decade of not only cross country and track & field experience, but also strength and conditioning experience.
“Being able to add a coach to our staff with the knowledge and experience that Robert has is a tremendous step forward for the program,” Magnall said. “It's one more sign that McPherson College is working diligently to ensure that our student-athletes have the best resources available to them during their time here.”
Spies previously served at Fort Scott Community College as the head cross country and track & field coach. While there, he coached athletes who broke 35 school records and who had the most national qualifiers and All-Americans in FSCC’s history.
Spies attended Fort Hays State University, where he was ranked 14th in the world in the 60m dash, clocking a time of 6.57 seconds during his senior year.
He was a multiple NCAA All-American and has competed at the USA National Championship level.
“Having coached for over a decade now,” Spies said, “I see and can appreciate the direction that McPherson College wants to go with the cross country and track and field programs. Coach Magnall and the other coaches have done a tremendous job the last few years in the development of the program and I look forward to the opportunity to provide my expertise and knowledge to the team and to the college.”
Spies earned his undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University in early childhood development with a minor in recreation.
He also has a Master’s Degree from PSU in the area of human health performance and recreation with an emphasis in sport and leisure management.