Courtesy of Aurora University
AURORA, Illinois -- Aurora University today announced the promotion Brandon Sturman to head coach of the AU men's and women's track & field programs.
"We are fortunate to have someone of the caliber of Brandon Sturman in place to carry on the success of the AU track and field programs," said Director of Athletic Jim Hamad. "During this time of transition, that fact that we have someone on staff to step in as head coach and keep the expectations of the program as high as ever is a benefit to AU and our student-athletes."
Sturman assumes the duties as the head coach of the AU track programs after Ryan Chapman departs the Spartans for another professional opportunity.
No stranger to the Spartan men's and women's track program, Sturman has served as an assistant coach at AU for seven years beginning in the 2009-2010 season. Prior to the 2015-2016 season, Sturman was promoted to the head assistant coach and performed many of the day-to-day duties within the program.
"I would first like to thank Jim Hamad and Dr. Lora deLacey for the opportunity and vote of confidence to continue the program's success," said Sturman. "It will definitely be a challenge to continue the success we have created as we are losing two great coaches in the Chapman's. I am excited though for the challenges and feel confident that we are moving forward in the right way"
In his time as an assistant coach for the Spartan track and field programs, Sturman has been part of seven outdoor Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championships (five women, two men), eight indoor NACC Championships (five women, three men) and has seen 21 AU outdoor NCAA Championship performers (11 men and 10 women) and 11 indoor NCAA Championship performers (eight men and three women).
This past season AU saw Talia Sheedlo earn NCAA indoor and outdoor All-American honors, Bobby Cooks earned indoor and outdoor All-American honors, Austen Stewartwas an outdoor All-American and Kalmon Stokes was an outdoor All-American in two events.
Sturman graduated from Valparaiso in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and earned his master's degree in sports administration in May of 2008.