Head Coach
Rod Cowan

Rod Cowan is currently in his 10th season as the Head Coach of the SVSU Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field teams. Cowan was introduced as men's and women's cross country/track & field coach in December of 2009.

The 2018-19 season saw much success for the Cardinals as the men finished second and the women finished third at the GLIAC Championships. Coach Cowan was also awarded Midwest Men's Coach of the Year for the men's second place finish at the Midwest Regional Championships punching their ticket to the NCAA DII National Championships. Tom Goforth, Nate Frasier and Austen Mandernach earned All-Region honors for their performances at the Regional Championships. The women's team finished fifth at the Midwest Regional Championships with a ninth place finish coming from Allison Dorr earning her All-Region honors and an individual bid to compete at the NCAA DII National Championships. The men would continue on to finish sixth overall at the National Championships led by Tom Goforth and CarLee Stimpfel who placed 16th and 26th overall both earning All-American Honors. Allison Dorr earned All-American honors for her 28th place finish at the National Championships.

In the 2017-2018 season, the Cardinal men's cross country team earned second place and the women placed fourth at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships. Maggie Pawelczyk and Morgan Fuerst earned All-GLIAC Second-Team honors. Parker Eisengruber, Timmy Kimball, Clyde Anderson, Austin Mandernach, and Branden Bohling all earned ALl-GLIAC Second-Team accolades as well. The men's team finished sixth and women finished ninth at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet.

During the 2016-2017 season, the Cardinal men's cross country team took second and the women placed fifth at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships. Nate Frasier, Eddie Komph, and Joey Southgate earned All-Region accolades, leading the team to a third place finish at the Midwest Regional Championships. The men's team qualified for the National Chmapionships for the first time since 2009. Allison Dorr earned All-Region honors for the women's team. The men's team finished tenth at the NCAA Cross Country National Chmapionships.

The 2015-16 season, the Cardinals men's cross country team took third and the women placed sixth at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships. At the NCAA DII Midwest Regionals, the men's team took seventh and the women placed 13th.

At the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the men placed fifth and the women placed sixth.

In the 2014-15 season, Cowan led the men's cross country team to place 16th at Midwest Regionals and 8th at the GLIAC Championships. The woman's Cross country team placed 5th at the GLIAC championship.

Cowan has also had success with both the men's and women's the track and field teams while at SVSU. Since being appointed the head coaching position at SVSU, Cowan has had the opportunity to coach his athletes to two men's school records (800-meter [I]/800-meter [O]), two men's GLIAC records (800-meter [I]/distance medley relay [I]), and four women's school records (mile [I]/pole vault [I/O]/distance medley relay [I]). He has coached three male athletes to All-American status and has had multiple male and female athletes qualify for the NCAA DII National Championships. Cowan also had one athlete compete in the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Junior National Championships.

Before coaching at SVSU, Cowan was previously at Marshall for the past five seasons (2004-09). In his first season, he coached the sprinters to three school records including the 100m, 4x200 and 4x100. During his second year, two more school records were broke in the 60m and the 4x400.

In 2009 Cowan had one of his best seasons ever as a coach. Accomplishments included training six athletes which set school records, and helping an athlete to win the Conference USA title in the penthathlon.

Cowan joined the Marshall coaching staff after numerous years and successes at the high school level in South Carolina. An Anderson, S.C. native, Cowan was named the Anderson Independent male coach of the year in 2004 and was a seven time S.C. Region 1-AAAA coach of the year. Cowan became a USATF level II certified coach in 2003.

Cowan's successes come on all levels, state, regional and national. On the state level Cowan coached his team to two state runner-up titles. In Region 1-AAAA Cowan won seven conference titles. Cowan coached two national champion shuttle relays, 2004 NIC boys shuttle relay that set the new meet record as well as the national outdoor shuttle relay record and the 2005 NIC girls' shuttle relay. Cowan had three track and field All-Americans during his tenure as a high school coach.

A graduate of Claflin University of Orangeburg, S.C., Cowan is married to the former Shaneka Johnson and has two children, Shericka and Kelan.

Assistant Coach
Nick Halabicky

Nick Halabicky joined the program as a volunteer coach in September 2017 but has been a member of the program since 2011. Halabicky is a former Cardinal track and field athlete (2011-2016) and has successfully trasitioned from athlete to coach. He specializes in the throwing events and oversees all aspects of throwers training.

The 2018-19 track and field season saw much success for Halabicky and his athletes. Ryan Kelly broke both the indoor and outdoor school records for the shot put while also qualifying and competing in both the Indoor and Outdoor DII Championships. Kelly garnered All-American honors during the Outdoor Championships. Halabicky saw success in his female throwing athletes, Ali Aldrich and Emily Droski, who earned top finishes in the shot put, discus and javelin at the GLIAC Championships. Ali finished her freshman season with a season best of 14.32 meters while Emily landed a podium spot at the Outdoor GLIAC Championships for her season best of 35.26 meters in the javelin.

Halabicky also coached pentathlete/heptathlete Lauren Huebner who also qualified and competed in the Indoor and Outdoor DII National Championships. Huebner earned school records in both the pentathlon and heptathlon and finished third indoors and was National Champion outdoor for the heptathlon.

Assistant Coach
Eric Phillips

Eric Phillips joined the SVSU Track & Field and Cross Country coaching staff in August of 2019.