Director of Cross Country & Track/Field Announces Staff Changes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/07/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 6, 2011

Joe Franklin, Director of the Cross Country & Track program announced four changes to the coach staff.

Getting promoted to Associate Head Coach is second-year coach Rodney Zuyderwyk, who will oversee the combined events, Pole Vault, Sprint Hurdles, and throws.

'A Havahla Haynes was named assistant coach for distance events coming to the Lobos from Northwestern, where she had been assistant cross country coach for two years. Haynes replaced Erin Howarth, who left to take over the cross country program at Eastern Illinois University.

Giles McDonnell was hired to replace Leo Settle who was hired as the sprint coach at UTEP. McDonnell, a UNM track alum spent several years as a high school coach in Albuquerque before coaching two years at Northern Arizona as an assistant focusing on sprints, hurdles, jumps, plus coordinating the recruiting. McDonnell will coach the sprints and relays.

Moving from a part-time position to full time is Rich Ceronie. Ceronie, who spent 24 years as the head cross country & track coach at Miami (Ohio) University came to UNM last year and served as Director of Operations for all home UNM meets plus acted as meet director for the USA Indoor Track & Field Championship. Ceronie will coach the High Jump and Long Hurdles plus oversee administrative operations.

Jimmy Butler, who also coached high school in the Albuquerque area served as a graduate assistant for the last two years primarily focusing on mid and long distance. Butler will serve as a part-time assistant working with the distance runners and coordinate home meet set-up.

Head Coach Joe Franklin stated, "These changes allow our Lobo program to keep elevating itself on a national level, and our student athletes will be the direct beneficiaries of the talents and hard-work of these coaches. I'm very excited about the positive changes to our coaching staff".