Two athletes at the 2015 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships – held at Hillsdale College – competing for different teams have now become the newest additions to the Charger track & field coaching staff.
Justin Fawley, a 2015 graduate of Hillsdale College, comes back home to coach the Chargers' multi-event athletes and jumpers.
Jessica Bridenthal joins the Charger staff as its new throws coach. She is a 2015 graduate of Ashland University.
Fawley is a familiar name to fans of the Charger track program. He was a multi-event competitor for Hillsdale College from 2010-15. During his career Fawley had a career-best point total of 4,935 in the heptathlon and 6,740 points in the decathlon. He also cleared 2 04 meters in the high jump and finished 16th at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
"Justin's development has been impressive, and we expect that will be enhanced by returning to his alma mater," said head coach Andrew Towne. "He'll bring a fresh perspective to the jumps/multis group, while still understanding what it takes to be successful in this program at this level."
Since graduating from Hillsdale, Fawley spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the track & field program at Michigan Tech University. While in Houghton, he helped to coordinate training for the athletes on the team and helped guide men and women to school records and NCAA-qualifying marks in the sprints, jumps, pole vault and multi events.
Fawley also earned work experience with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL in Kearney, Nebraska and with the Akron Rubberducks. During his undergraduate career at Hillsdale, he was also involved with Athlete Intervarsity and was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Joining Fawley on the staff is Bridenthal, who comes to Hillsdale after serving as the head coach at Keystone College in Pennsylvania. In addition to being the head coach there, she was also the strength and conditioning coach for the athletic department, enhancing the planning and execution of workout plans for teams across the entire department. Bridenthal will coach Hillsdale's throwers.
"We're excited to have Jss join our staff," Towne said. "We believe she'll help us continue to rebuild our throws squad. Her experience as head coach, along with her experiences as an elite athlete, should prove valuable."
Bridenthal's coaching career has also included stops at Duquesne University, the College of Wooster and Freedom High School. She's also worked as a personal trainer at Snap Fitness 24/7 and the YMCA.
In her undergraduate years as a thrower at Ashland University, she was an NCAA Division II champion in the weight throw, and racked up an incredible 12 All-American honors between indoor and outdoor competition. She qualified for the national championships 14 separate times throughout her career. For one year, Bridenthal had worked as an account manager at Interstate Communications, performing duties that included sales and marketing.