WORCESTER – WPI Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Brian Chabot recently announced that assistant coach Miles Ketchum has been elevated to full-time status within the department. The elevation coincided with the conclusion of his third year with the cross country program and the beginning of his fifth with track & field.
"When Miles first arrived at WPI he initially brought stability to our sprint group who had seen a lot of coaching turn-over in the years," began Chabot. "Since that time however he has emerged as one of the best young coaches not only in the region but the country. It's a credit to his tireless work-ethic and his desire to gather as much knowledge as possible, when and wherever he can find it, in order to be the best leader for our program that he can be. We're lucky to have him and we're extremely grateful to Athletic Director Dana Harmon and President Laurie Leshin for making Miles' full-time status a reality."
Ketchum, the 2016 USTFCCCA Division III Women's Track & Field National Assistant Coach of the Year, comes off a successful campaign that concluded with a national runner up in the outdoor 400-meter hurdles, an All-American and Academic All-American. He also saw the 4x100-meter relay make its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
In addition to new records in the 400 hurdles and 4x100, his student-athletes set new standards in the indoor 60, 200, 4x200 and 4x400 during the 2015-16 campaign. On the men's side, the indoor 60, 100 and 200 were reset during the same timeframe.
"I am extremely grateful to WPI for this opportunity," remarked Ketchum. "I would specifically like to thank President Laurie Leshin, Dana Harmon, and Brian Chabot for all of their work in making this possible. I have always felt welcome at WPI and being part of the athletics department here has taught me many very important lessons. I have grown and learned so much under Coach Chabot's guidance, and I am very happy to be taking this next step in my career here."
In all, Ketchum boasts NCAA participants in the 100m hurdles (twice), 400m, 400m hurdles (three times) & 4x100m relay (three times).
Ketchum continued, "I love the coaching staff and the student athletes that I have been privileged to work with every day and the prospect of doing that in an even greater capacity is very exciting. The team has gotten stronger each year and the current potential is tremendous. I look forward to helping WPI Track and Field achieve what it is capable of."
The 2012 graduate of Wheaton College (MA), capped his collegiate career with All-America status in the 4x400. He was also a member of the NEWMAC Champion 4x100 and 4x400 relays.