While many area sports fans have their mind focused on the basketball season, Van-Far graduate Ryan Bontz’s focus is on track and field.
This is because Bontz is currently an assistant track and field coach at Williams Baptist College located in Northeast Arkansas. Bontz is helping to coach about 25-30 athletes who are set to compete in their first indoor meet on January 21. He will be working with sprinters, middle distance runners, and throwers. This is the inaugural year for the track and field program at the school.
“I am very excited to be part of a new track program here at Williams Baptist,” Bontz said. “I get to apply my knowledge in track for a new program, I find that to be very exciting. I am very excited to be working with the sprinters, middle distance and throwers this year. This will be my first time working with throwers so it will be a great learning experience. I have worked with sprinters and middle distance runners in years past. My goal as a coach is to get everyone stronger and faster throughout the season. This track season, I have really emphasized the importance of weight training and become stronger and more flexible. Indoor season is basically practice for outdoor season that will be starting in mid-March. A lot of the meets will be in the St. Louis area as well as Central Missouri.”
This past Fall, Bontz was an assistant coach for the cross country program, his second year with the school in that position.
“This past cross country season, I have learned more of the administrative duties in collegiate coaching,” Bontz added. “Collegiate coaching involves a lot of administrative skills. My goal for the teams are to get gradually better over time and for each person to do well in conference.”