Jerry Baltes, Grand Valley State: 2022 NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Coach of the Year

Jerry Baltes was named the National Men’s Coach of the Year. Baltes, in his 23rd year at Grand Valley State, guided the Lakers to the program’s first indoor title at the NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships. Grand Valley State recorded 66 points behind a gender-high 15 First-Team All-American athletes, which included a national champion in the 200 meters (Brandon Miller) and a 2-3 finish in the 3000 meters (Isaac Harding and Tanner Chada), among other sterling efforts. Earlier in the season, Grand Valley State also captured the team title at the GLIAC Championships with 257 points behind 12 event crowns to win by 141 points.