Jerry Baltes, Grand Valley State: 2020 NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Coach of the Year

Jerry Baltes of Grand Valley State was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year for the 2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

This is the 16th national honor for Baltes in his legendary career. This is his sixth indoor honor – first since 2012 – to go along with seven in cross country and three more outdoors.

Baltes, who just finished his 21st year at Grand Valley State, led his team to a dominant performance throughout the season that was capped with a 127.5-point victory at the GLIAC Indoor Championships. The Lakers earned 22 top-8 finishes at the meet, including top-3 sweeps in 3000, 5000 and pole vault, as well as titles in six other events.

GVSU entered the NCAA Indoor Championships with 22 entries – the most of any team, regardless of gender – which doubled the next closest women’s team. The Lakers were stocked with talent in the distances (seven entries), jumps (five entries) and throws (four entries), among others.