Julius Higginbotham, a two-time All-American in track & field and all-Ohio Athletic Conference defensive back in football at Heidelberg University, is now in his sixth year coaching track & field at Wooster where he focuses on the sprinters and jumpers, and recently added duties as the recruiting coordinator. Higginbotham coached football at the College from 2012-17 spending time in chrage of the defensive backs after previously coaching the strong safeties and wide receivers.
Higginbotham's role led to two student-athletes qualifying for the 2016 national indoor meet for the first time in program history, and he was tabbed as the NCAA Div. III Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year for women's indoor track & field by the USTFCCCA. Last spring culminated in sophomore Carolyn Webster qualifying for the national championships in the high jump for the second time.
Before joining the Wooster staff, Higginbotham was an assistant track coach at his alma mater for two seasons (2011-12). Of the sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers he worked with there, they combined for five school records and five All-American performances (men’s high jump, women’s long jump, pentathlon, and men’s triple jump), and he also was an assistant football coach at Fostoria High School during that time.
As a student-athlete for the ‘Berg, Higginbotham earned All-American honors in the long jump both indoors (3rd-place; 23 feet) and outdoors (6th-place; 23 feet, 4.5 inches) during the 2010 season. Overall, he was a seven-time qualifier for the NCAA Div. III Championships – indoor long jump (2008, 2009, 2010), outdoor long jump (2010), indoor 55 meters (2009), and outdoor 4x100 meters relay (2007, 2010). Within the OAC, he combined for four individual championships and all-conference status 20 times, highlighted by being named the Don Frail Most Outstanding Track Athlete once (2009) and the Bud Yoest Most Outstanding Field Athlete twice (2008, 2009).
In football, Higginbotham was the team’s fourth-leading tackler (46) as a senior to go with four pass breakups and two interceptions en route to second-team all-OAC recognition.
A native of Elyria, Ohio, Higginbotham completed a bachelor’s degree while majoring in psychology at Heidelberg, and would later earn a master’s degree in arts and education from his alma mater in 2014.
Kenny Fisher is in his 13th year as an assistant coach with the Wooster track & field program, and 23rd year overall coaching. With the Fighting Scots, he coaches the pole vault as well as the jumpers and throwers.
Prior to coming to the College, Fisher was a track coach at local high schools for several years. From 2003-05, he coached the pole vaulters, sprinters, and relays while helping develop the overall program at Northwestern High School in northern Wayne County. That was his second stint there, previously coaching the sprinters and jumpers between 1994 and 2000. Also during that latter stretch, Fisher assisted with the football team, coaching the receivers, defensive backs, and special teams.
In between (2000-03), he coached the track & field team at Wooster High School, assisting with all of the jumps and sprint relays.
Brian Kooser, a three-year starter on the offensive line at McDaniel College is in his first season at The College of Wooster where he serves as the offensive line coach for the football team and the throws coach for the track & field program.
Kooser's first season with the Black and Gold on the gridiron was one to remember as Wooster's offense set or matched 28 school records, center Patrick Mohorcic was voted captain of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, and the offensive line had three representatives on the all-conference teams, including the late Clayton Geib, who was a posthumous selection.
Kooser came to Wooster from Westminster College (Mo.), where he served as the offensive line coach and video coordinator for two seasons. In 2015, Kooser's charges ranked 31st nationally in sacks allowed per game (1.10) and were 41st in tackles-for-loss surrendered per game (5.00).
Prior to coaching at Westminster, Kooser spent two seasons as a student assistant working with the offensive line at McDaniel after exhausting his eligibility. As a student-athlete, Kooser helped pave the way for the conference’s leading rusher in three straight seasons and he formerly was a shot put and discus thrower prior to attending McDaniel.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from McDaniel.
Paris Nahas, a six-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference honoree, enters her second year as a volunteer assistant with The College of Wooster’s track & field program.
Nahas, one of the top sprinters in program history at the College, really showcased her full potential as a senior. At the 2016 indoor NCAC meet, Nahas broke a 22-year-old school record in the 400 meters clocking in at 58.47, winning the race, and becoming the program’s first conference champion in the race since 1994. Then, in her final conference meet, Nahas was part of the all-conference 4x400 relay that broke a 31-year-old school record in the process.
Upon graduation, Nahas held five individual school records, in addition to being a part of three relay records.
She graduated from the College with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in May, 2016.
Sarah Bechtel begins her first season as the assistant men's and women's track and field coach at Plattsburgh State in 2017-18. She most recently worked as the assistant track and field and assistant cross country coach at Ohio Wesleyan University the past two seasons.
As the assistant men's and women's track and field coach, she oversees the team's training and development in the jumping and multi events in addition to assisting with recruiting.
At Ohio Wesleyan, Bechtel planned and implemented training for pole vaulters and combined-event athletes. She also assisted with coaching the sprints and the remaining jumps. During her time there, Bechtel coached two All-Americans and nine conference champions. In addition, she designed a strength and conditioning program for all sprints, jumps, hurdles and distance athletes and helped develop an additional six All-Americans and one national champion. Bechtel designed strength training for the Battling Bishops' cross country teams, too, helping two runners achieve All-America honors.
Prior to her position at Ohio Wesleyan, Bechtel spent the 2014-15 academic year as the assistant track and field coach and recruiting coordinator for NCAA Division II Ursuline College. At Ursuline, she planned and implemented training for all jumps events and coached her student-athletes to five program records.
Bechtel starred as an undergraduate student-athlete at Ohio Wesleyan from 2010-14, qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships on four occasions and earning All-America honors in the pole vault at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She also holds Ohio Wesleyan's indoor and outdoor program records in the pole vault.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in health and human kinetics from Ohio Wesleyan in 2014 and her Master of Education in higher education administration from Tiffin University in 2017.
Myles Tyler will join the Cleveland State track and field coaching staff for the 2017 season, stepping into the role of volunteer assistant coach for the Vikings.
Tyler is a familiar face to the Cleveland State Athletic Department, as he has spent the last three years serving as an intern for Athletic Director John Parry, where he has learned the daily operations of a collegiate athletic department. During his time in the Cleveland State Athletic Department, Tyler was able to gain insight into NCAA rules and regulations – specifically those that involve the sport of track and field – and will be able to put this knowledge to use during the upcoming season.
Tyler, who spent his freshman year at Kent State University, competed in sprint events for the Golden Flashes before transferring to Cleveland State where he graduated with a sport management major.