Kuehl excited about opportunity at UJ

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Megan Kuehl was not looking to leave her coaching job at St. Norbert College in Green Bay.

But, an opportunity in Jamestown was too good to pass up.

Kuehl, pronounced Keel, has been hired as head women's track and field coach of the Jimmies. She replaces Jim Clark, who founded the women's program in 1979 and guided it to 42 conference championships. Clark remains the women's cross country coach at UJ.

"Once I got on campus, every step of the way I liked it more and more," Kuehl said. "The people here are one of a kind. Everyone welcomes you, it's like a family. Not even just at the university, but the entire city of Jamestown."

Kuehl, 29, had been an assistant track and field coach the past five years at NCAA Division III St. Norbert College. She is originally from DeWitt, Iowa, but competed collegiately at NCAA Division I University of Montana from 2006-10.

She learned of the opening from former Jimmie football player Brian Mistro, who she attended grad school with at Northern State. She also has another tie to Jamestown, her husband's parents attended Jamestown College.

"Sometimes things just line up where one thing leads to another," she said. "I had aspirations of being a head coach and for that to happen in Jamestown is a great opportunity. The well-rounded type of student-athletes that come here are the types of people I want to work with."

Kuehl has a heptathlon background with broad knowledge of many events. She also recently completed her strength and conditioning certificate from the U.S Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She's hoping to build on the program's success.

"What coach Clark has done here is amazing. To be here basically his entire life ... he created a legacy," Kuehl said. "What I hope to bring is a different dynamic. Obviously, this program has had a lot of success and the coaches have done so many great things. We're going to be very respectful of that and hopefully add to what is already in place."