Jerry Baltes, Grand Valley State: 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coach Athlete of the Year (The Joe Vigil Award)

Jerry Baltes led Grand Valley State to its second national title in program history. The Lakers romped to the team title at the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in Saint Leo, Florida, as they earned five All-America honors and won by 41 points. Earlier this season, GVSU also won team titles at the Midwest Region Championships, the GLIAC Championships and the MSU Spartan Invitational and finished second in the Gold Race at the Live in Lou.