Macalester Assistant Coach Janis Rider Dies Unexpectedly

Courtesy: Macalester College Athletics

August 29, 2010   

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Macalester College community mourns the death of track & field assistant coach and graduate Janis (Raatz) Rider ’88, who died unexpectedly Aug. 23 while on vacation in Hawaii.

Rider excelled at Macalester in all three sports seasons, playing volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and throwing on the track & field team in the spring. She has been an assistant coach for Macalester’s track & field team since 1999 and earlier was an assistant volleyball coach at Macalester.

In track & field, Rider was the NCAA III national javelin champion as a senior in 1988, the same year she placed fourth nationally in the shot put. She was a four-time All-American. Rider is currently ranked third on Macalester’s women’s basketball all-time rebounding list and seventh on the all-time point scoring chart.

Rider was an attorney for the Minnesota State Legislature, helping to craft the language of proposed bills as an employee in the Office of the Revisor of Statutes, a department that provides services to members of both houses of the legislature as well as all constitutional offices and all state agencies and departments.

In addition to coaching at Macalester, Rider has served for the past several years as a Director of the M Club, the college’s alumni organization that supports Macalester varsity athletics.

“I extend my sincere thoughts to her former coach at Macalester, Vanessa Seljeskog, track coach Marty Peper and his student-athletes who so valued Janis and her contributions to the program,” Macalester Director of Athletics Kim Chandler said. “This is tragic loss for the entire Macalester community.”

A Memorial celebration will be held 10:00 a.m. Sept 11 at the Macalester College Leonard Center.