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Ihmels Adds Hartke, Wall to Cross Country and Track & Field Staff

July 22, 2013

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State athletics and head cross country and track and field coach Corey Ihmels are pleased to announce the addition of Travis Hartke and Grant Wall as assistant coaches for the 2013-14 cross country and track and field seasons.

The pair joins Ihmels, who was appointed the program's head coach June 14, 2013, from Iowa State University.

Hartke joined the Broncos July 16 as an associate cross country coach and assistant track and field coach, as well as the operations manager. He comes to Boise State for his sixth season as an NCAA Division I assistant coach after serving five years with the Cyclones. There his duties included assistant distance and cross country coach, meet director for cross country and indoor track and field meets, distance recruiting coordinator and administrative duties. He has also had event management experience working as the Director of Camps for Happy Jack Running LLC; the championship meet director for the Big 12 Conference in 2008, 2010 and 2013; director for the Cyclone Wilderness Cross Country Camp; as well as the 2007 commissioner of the Iowa Games Track and Field Meet. He also aided ISU's Lisa Koll to a 2007 NCAA championship title, 2007 American collegiate record and 2009 NCAA record in the 10000-meters.

Hartke spent time as a student-athlete competing in cross country and track and field at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., while obtaining Bachelor of Arts degrees in physical education and psychology in 2006. In 2008 he added a Master of Science in kinesiology from Iowa State University. The Litchfield, Ill., native also holds a USATF Level 1 coaching certification.

Wall joins the Broncos as the assistant coach for throws July 22 after 15 years of collegiate experience at various schools. Most recently he spent four years as an assistant at Iowa State overseeing the throwing events. Prior to ISU he held the position of head coach at Saginaw Valley State (2008-09), as well as assistant coaching positions at Columbia University (2006-08) and Miami (Ohio) University (2001-06) where he coached the throws and multi-events. Throughout his career he has coached two Olympic Trials qualifiers, nine U.S. Championship qualifiers, six NCAA qualifiers and 28 NCAA First Round qualifiers.

As a student-athlete, Wall competed in cross country for Ohio Northern before completing his career at The Ohio State University. He obtained his Bachelor's of Science in education in 1998 from The Ohio State University, while also earning a Master of Science in sports organization from Miami (Ohio) University in 1999.

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