Marquette senior middle sprinter Kyle Winter owns two indoor school records and five top-10 times - he got there by approaching each run and each event like a championship one. See his story as he approaches his final BIG EAST Indoor Championship and looks to defend his 800m title.
Five-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year Bert Rogers completed his 10th season as the head coach for Marquette track and field in 2016-17, following three seasons as an assistant coach. Though Rogers oversees all aspects of the program, his coaching focus is on the sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and the multi-event athletes.
As head coach, Rogers has helped Marquette student-athletes to 48 NCAA regional qualifying marks and 15 athletes to the U.S. Junior National Championships, with four of them earning Junior All-American honors.
Rogers has led both the men's and women's teams to new heights over the past three seasons. Since the start of the 2016 indoor season, the women's team has won each of the past two BIG EAST Indoor and Outdoor team championships, while the men has registered three runner-up finishes to go along with its first-ever team title at the 2016 outdoor championships. Since 2015, Marquette has crowned 15 individual BIG EAST indoor champions and 25 individual outdoor champions with at least 28 earning All-BIG EAST selections each season for both indoor and outdoor, including a league and program-record 33 selections following the 2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships.
Monique Felix, who recently completed her sophomore season, is already a two-time BIG EAST pentathlon and two-time BIG EAST heptathlon champion. She has earned three consecutive Most Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet awards at the BIG EAST Indoor (2016, 2017) and Outdoor Championships (2016), followed by High Point Scorer of the Meet (28.0 points) honor at the 2017 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships thanks to individual titles in both the heptathlon and high jump to go along with a runner-up finish in the triple jump.
Additionally, Rogers guided high jumper Wally Ellenson to fifth place in the 2015 NCAA High Jump Final as he claimed All-American honors for the fourth time. Ellenson advanced to the USA Outdoor Championships where he closed his season with a 12th-place finish. Rogers oversaw Ellenson as he won both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST Conference titles, broke the conference's indoor record and set the Marquette school record during the 2015 season.
Under Rogers' tutelage, sprinter Kyle Winter became the first Marquette student-athlete to claim a BIG EAST Conference indoor title, when Winter claimed the men's 800-meter run championship at the 2012 BIG EAST indoor meet.
Rogers helped a school-record eight student-athletes reach the 2010 West Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships, including senior high jumper Erynn James, who ended her career with a 14th-place finish. James along with distance runners Jayne Grebinski and Peter Bolgert all ranked among the top-25 athletes coming into the meet.
Under Rogers' watch in 2009, numerous Golden Eagles moved up the top-10 charts in Marquette history. Rogers helped Erynn James continue her development into one of the top high jumpers in school history, tying the school record in the indoor event with a leap of 5-9.25. Sarah Verdoliva set the Marquette 800-meter run indoor record at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a time of 2:12.38, vaulting her past a 10-year old school record.
In addition, Tyler O'Brien bettered his school record in the indoor 200-meter dash with a time of 21.87 seconds and Michael O'Brien continued his development in the sprints and hurdles, moving to sixth in the 500 meters and seventh all-time in the 400-meter hurdles. Jessica Ehlen, Jayne Grebinski and James each qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional, while Courtney Kelly and Patrick Keeley earned all-America honors at the U.S. Junior National Championships.
• Guided teams to 5 BIG EAST Conference Championships (Women: 2016, 2017 - indoor/outdoor; Men: 2016 - outdoor)
• Five-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year (Women: 2016, 2017 - indoor/outdoor; Men: 2016 - outdoor)
• 48 NCAA Regional Qualifiers
• 1 All-American: Wally Ellenson (Indoor/Outdoor High Jump: 2015)
• 230 All-BIG EAST Conference Performers
• 5 Academic All-America Selections
• 7 Academic All-District Selections
• 50 BIG EAST Conference Champions
During the 2008 season, Rogers helped eight student-athletes break individual Marquette records, while three relay teams also established top MU times. Tyler O'Brien broke the 200-meter dash record, which had stood for 28 years and put in the second best time ever in the 100-meters, behind only Olympian Ralph Metcalfe. Former walk-on Carrie Schmid set the school record in the pole vault and the women's 4x800-meter relay team took first at the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships. Rogers also saw O'Brien, Peter Bolgert, and Kristin Pelzel qualify for the USATF Junior National Championships.
In 2007 Rogers helped six student-athletes to break Marquette school records, had three all-conference performers and saw Katlin Millin qualify to the USATF Junior National Championships in the 800m. School records were also set in both the men's and women's pole vault, with Kristin Stoniecki becoming the first MU female to clear 12 feet.
In 2006, Rogers helped guide Matt Piekarski to the BIG EAST decathlon title, Marquette's first BIG EAST champion in any sport, and the NCAA Championships, where he finished 16th. On his way, Piekarski set the heptathlon and decathlon school records at MU. Rogers also helped 10 athletes break MU records, including Ray Bratchett who became the first MU athlete in the high jump to clear seven feet.
In 2005, he coached Bratchett to an eighth-place finish at the USA Outdoor Junior Nationals in the high jump, and guided Jon Shaffer to a provisional qualification for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800m with a school record of 1:49.21. Shaffer also won the 2005 indoor C-USA 800m championship.
Rogers came to Marquette after stints at UMKC and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At UMKC, he was an assistant track coach for three years, helping five student-athletes establish school records. He coached Clive Baron to the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the 800m. In addition, Rogers also served as head boys track and field coach at Cedarburg High School from 1999-2001 and was the sprints coach for the Greater Milwaukee Track Club.
Rogers earned a master's degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy in the summer of 2007 and received his bachelor's degree in psychology and ethnic studies from Milwaukee in 1999. He was a four-year track and field letter winner and three-year team captain for the Panthers. Rogers was part of school record-holding indoor mile relay and outdoor distance medley relay teams. He has earned his USA Track and Field Level 2 Coaching certification for sprints, hurdles and jumps.
A graduate of Parker High School in Janesville, Wis., Rogers and his wife, April along with children, Duncan and Aili, reside in Wauwatosa.
Rogers' Marquette Coaching Record
Position at MU
All-BIG EAST Indoor
All-BIG EAST Outdoor
NCAA Outdoor Regional Qualifiers
30 (15 men/15 women)
13 years at MU
ROGERS' HONOREES AT MARQUETTE AS HEAD COACH
NCAA Regional Qualifiers/Participants 2017 (M) Daniel Armstrong (HJ), John Krzyszkowski (javelin) (W) Brittney Feivor (10,000), Jessica Parker (800) 2016 (M) Dwayne Dash Jr. (LJ), Wally Ellenson (HJ), John Krzyszkowski (javelin) (W) Cassy Goodrich (400) 2015 (M) Wally Ellenson (HJ), William Koeck (HT), John Krzyszkowski (javelin) (W) Brittney Feivor (5,000), Kathyrn Koeck (HT), Cassy Goodrich (400) 2014 (M) Spencer Agnew (1,500), William Koeck (HT), Bret Hardin (HT), John Krzyszkowski (javelin) (W) Carlye Schuh (LJ) 2013 (M) Jack Hackett (5,000), William Koeck (HT), Kyle Winter (800) (W) Kathryn Koeck (HT), Sarah MacCourtney (HJ), Carlye Schuh (LJ) 2012 (M) Tyler O'Brien (200) 2011 (M) Bret Hardin (HT), Blake Johnson (10k), Tyler O'Brien (200), Nick Szczech (10k), Kyle Winter (800) (W) Jamie Roth (HT) 2010 (M) Peter Bolgert (steeplechase), Blake Johnson (Steeplechase), Jeff Kluge (HT), Nick Szczech (5k) (W) Jayne Grebinski (steeplechase), Erynn James (HJ), Olivia Johnson (1,500), Rachel Thiel (shot put) 2009 (W) Jessica Ehlen (HT, discus), Erynn James (HJ), Jayne Grebinski (steeplechase) 2008 (M) Tyler O'Brien (200) (W) Jayne Grebinski (5,000), Cassie Peller (1,500), Carrie Schmid (PV), Rachel Thiel (shot put)
BIG EAST Conference Champions 2017 Daniel Armstrong (indoor/outdoor HJ), Will Ford (indoor PV), John Krzyszkowski (javelin) Monique Felix (pentathlon, heptathlon, outdoor HJ), Terica Harris (indoor/outdoor LJ, indoor/outdoor TJ), Maya Marion (outdoor SP), Gemma Tedeschi (outdoor PV), Omo Tseumah (indoor HJ) 2016 Joel Swanberg (heptathlon, indoor PV), Max Bullard (indoor SP), Wally Ellenson (outdoor HJ) Monique Felix (pentathlon), Maya Marion (indoor/outdoor SP), Gemma Tedeschi (indoor PV), Omo Tseumah (indoor HJ), 2015 Joel Swanberg (heptathlon, indoor PV), Marcell KirkmanBey (indoor 60H, outdoor 110H), William Koeck (hammer throw), Wally Ellenson (indoor/outdoor HJ), John Krzyszkowski (javelin) Maya Marion (outdoor SP), Tatyana Pashibin (outdoor HJ), Kathryn Koeck (hammer throw) 2014 Joel Swanberg (pentathlon, indoor 60H, outdoor PV), William Koeck (weight throw, hammer throw), John Krzyszkowski (javelin), Michael Saindon (outdoor HJ) Tatyana Pashibin (pentathlon, heptathlon), Carlye Schuh (indoor/outdoor LJ), Kristen Gaffey (outdoor SP), Sam Kennedy (hammer throw) 2012 Kyle Winter (indoor 800-meter run) 2008 Cassie Peller, Kaitlin Millin, Kaitlyn Chambers, Sarah Verdoliva (outdoor women's 4x800-meter relay) 2006 Matt Piekarski (outdoor decathlon)
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans 2012 (M) Peter Bolgert (first team) (W) Olivia Johnson (second team) 2011 (M) Peter Bolgert (first team) (W) Olivia Johnson (first team) 2010 (M) Peter Bolgert (second team)
CoSIDA Academic All-District 2012 (M) Peter Bolgert (W) Olivia Johnson 2011 (M) Peter Bolgert, Brice Cleland, Nick Sczcech (W) Olivia Johnson 2010 (M) Peter Bolgert