Stechschulte Named Indiana Assistant Track and Field Coach
Sept. 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana director and head coach of track and field Ron Helmer has announced the addition of assistant coach Abbie Stechshulte to his staff. Stechschulte competed for Indiana in 2008 after spending four years at West Virginia under current Indiana associate head coach Jeff Huntoon.
A standout in the multi-events, Stechschulte earned All-American honors and was an All-BIG EAST selection four times while at West Virginia. The native of Columbus Grove, Ohio, competed in the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships on March 9, 2008, finishing fourth in the pentathlon. She also was the collegiate champion of the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on April 3, 2008, when she recorded the second-best heptathlon score in IU history. The score automatically qualified her for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Stechschulte earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from West Virginia and a master’s degree in kinesiology at Indiana.
“Abbie brings a continuing enthusiasm for the vision and growth of our program. She did so as a fifth-year transfer a year ago and will be an important part of our coaching team as we move into the future,” said Helmer. “I’ve gotten to know Abbie, first while competing against her and then while she helped lead our IU team during a year of transition and I have complete faith that she is the right person for the job and the challenges we face as we work towards our goal of building a championship team.”
“We feel Abbie will bring enthusiasm and a true appreciation for what it means to be an student-athlete at Indiana University,” Huntoon said of his long time pupil.“ Her success in so many events on the track will allow her to assist in many areas and we look for immediate results on the recruiting trail with her many connections.”
The Hoosiers open their season on Jan. 10, 2009 with the Indiana Open, which is the first of four straight meets that will be hosted at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington. For complete coverage of Indiana track and field, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.
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