A former Hartington Cedar Catholic standout is returning closer to home.
Jonathon Becker, who coached the 2019 NAIA champion in the men’s 400-meter hurdles this past spring, has been named the associate head track and field coach for Mount Marty College.
“We are extremely happy Coach Becker is joining our staff,” Athletic Director Chris Kassin said. “His successful experience as an athlete and as a coach will enhance our growing track and field programs. Being from Hartington, Nebraska; Jonathon is familiar with Mount Marty and shares our mission and values.”
Becker had been at MidAmerica Nazarene since the fall of 2015, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Besides coaching the men’s national champion in the 400-meter hurdles this spring, he also coached an All-American on the women’s side and worked with an All-American squad in the 1600 relay.
"I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to come and coach track and field at Mount Marty, a college that is so close to where I grew up," Becker said. "I can’t wait to expand upon the foundation of track and field that Coach Fischer has laid."
He was named the USTFCCCA Regional Women’s Assistant Indoor Track Coach of the Year, and is a six-time Heart of America Conference Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to his time at MNU, Becker spent one season at Baker University, where he served as both hurdles and strength and conditioning coach. In that year, he coached three national qualifiers, including an All-American in the 60-meter hurdles.
Collegiately, Becker competed for Great Plains Athletic Conference member Concordia, where he was a 17-time all-GPAC performer and seven-time NAIA qualifier. He was a three-time All-American, all in the 1600 relay.
MMC is coming off its most successful men’s track and field season in school history, including a fourth place finish in the GPAC Indoor Championships and a fifth place finish in the GPAC Outdoor Championships, both program bests.