In the fall of 2007, Kim Duyst was named the Associate Athletic Director at California State University-Stanislaus following her 21st and final season as Stanislaus’s men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach.
When Duyst was hired at Stanislaus in 1986, she took over a struggling program that was not competitive and lacked respect at the local and regional level. Undaunted by the almost impossible task before her, Duyst revived the struggling program and turned the Warrior team into one of the leaders of the Northern California Athletic Conference, raising the team’s respectability at the highest levels. The Warriors transitioned from Division III to Division II in 1989, joining the California Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1998.
Over the 20 year course of Duyst’s tenure, more than 70 Warrior student-athletes have earned All-American honors. In 1994, four student-athletes won individual national championships in track and field, while one became the first student-athlete to win four national titles and earn six All-American honors. Most recently, Chaunte Mitchell became just the second athlete to win back-to-back national titles when she won the pole vault in 2004 and 2005.
The 1994 men’s team placed fourth at the national championships and was led by national champions Undrae Walker, Jomal Bush, and current Stanislaus head coach Geoff Bradshaw. The ’94 team was the first track and field team in school history to win a conference title.
During Duyst’s tenure with the program, nearly every school record was broken and both cross country teams were ranked nationally. Her commitment to the program earned her a spot in the Cal State Stanislaus Hall of Fame.
Duyst continues to be actively involved in many aspects of cross country/track and field, including coaching the cross country national team at the National Championships in the summer of 2007. She also served on the NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee from 1999-2003 and was appointed to the men’s national team staff for the 2003 World Championships, the first female to be appointed to the men’s national staff. She also served as the President of the NCAA Division II Track and Field Coaches Association from 1992-1994 and as Vice-President of the United States Track Coaches Association (now the USTFCCCA) from 1995-1998.
A native of Peru, N.Y., Duyst came to Stanislaus after previous coaching stints at West Virginia University and Syracuse University. She was named the Division II Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field West Region Coach of the Year in 2004 and was the women’s Indoor Track & Field West Region Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2003.