Bret Otte Named Division III Great Lakes Regional Women’s Track & field Coach of the Year
Monday, May 23, 2011
Calvin College head track and field coach Bret Otte has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Women’s Track and Field Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Now in his second year at the helm of the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field program, Otte is receiving Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year honors for the first time.
This spring, Otte led the Calvin women’s track and field team to its 22nd straight MIAA title including the second under his watch. At the MIAA Championships earlier this month, his athletes took first place in 10 events. The Calvin women’s track and field team is currently ranked 10th nationally and number-one in the most recent Great Lakes Regional computer poll as conducted by the USTFCCCA.
Otte is a native of Grandville and is a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School. He later graduated from Calvin College in 1990 and completed his master’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1995. As a Calvin College student, Otte was a four-year member of the men’s track and field team, competing as a sprinter. He was a member of MIAA championship teams in 1987, 1988 and 1989. Otte came to Calvin as head coach in time for the 2009-10 academic year after spending the previous 11 years as head track and field coach at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylania.
Otte will be traveling to the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at Ohio Wesleyan University. Six members of his women’s track and field team will compete at the national meet while six members of the men’s team will also compete.