|HEAD COACH RILEY NORTHRUP|
2017 - Riley Northrup returns to Chadron following a successful stint as an assistant track and field coach at fellow national power Ashland University, where he coached from 2014 to 2017, under a different "Eagles" banner. He took the position at Chadron State College on August 16, 2017.
While at Ashland, Northrup helped both the men's and women's programs to their first-ever No. 1 indoor national rankings by the USTFCCCA coaches' association, recruiting and developing jumpers and multi-event athletes, and assisting with strength and conditioning programs.
Through aggressive recruiting, Northrup doubled the roster numbers for his events, growing the jumpers unit from 11 student-athletes in 2014-15, to 23 in 2016-17.
He mentored Ashland high jumpers to four All-America finishes. A total of six school records fell, in the jumps and multis, under Northrup's watch. His resume includes recruiting and tutoring two-time NCAA champion sprinter Myles Pringle to a pair of All-GLIAC finishes in the high jump, and a Second Team All-America laurel at the 2017 NCAA outdoor meet.
Northrup attended Chadron State from 2006-2010. He earned All-American honors by clearing 6-foot-8 ¾ at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Meet in 2007, after going 6-10 ¼ earlier in the season for what turned out to be his collegiate best mark. In total he had five top-four finishes at the conference meets. He was a three-time provisional NCAA qualifier, in 2007, 2008, and 2010.
As a student-athlete at CSC, Northup earned the USTFCCCA's individual All-Academic Award in 2007, 2008, and 2010. He graduated Cum Laude in 2010 with a degree in secondary education.
Additionally, Northrup served as a volunteer coach for Glenrock High School track in 2012, and coached at Gordon-Rushville High School during the 2010 spring season. As a student-athlete at Chadron State, Northrup was a volunteer coach for the Chadron High School track and field team from 2008-10.
Northrup continued competing while working on his master's degree at Augustana University in South Dakota and entering "open" meets. In the next few years, he cleared seven feet or more at least 10 times, topped by a leap of 7-2 ½.
Beginning in 2014 Northrup recorded high jump marks that were good enough to earn him trips to five USA Track and Field championship meets, including the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. He finished 5th at the 2014 indoor meet, but was unable to accept any further invitations due to complications arising from coaching commitments and injuries.
The Hot Springs, South Dakota, native, was an all-around athlete at Hot Springs High School. He earned all-conference as a wide receiver and safety in football and as a forward in basketball. He also placed second at the South Dakota state track and field meet in the high jump as a sophomore when he cleared 6-foot-5, but he won the event as a senior by going 6-4.