Emmett Statzer is going into his 10th. season as the head crosscountry/track & field coach for Iowa Western. He expects another year of success in the programs. Statzer came from the state of Nevada. He had resided there for 11 years coaching and teaching. His family consists of five child and a wife.
He spent much of his early life growing up in Manhattan, Montana where he attended Manhattan High School. It was here where he developed his initial passion for track and field. The days of training on cinder tracks were long, but yet so satisfying.
He proceded to continue his running career at Jamestown College, in Jamestown, North Dakota. He ran under legendary coach Rollie Greeno. Emmett focused on the hurdles, mid distances, and relays for the Jimmies. He graduated College Fellow in both of his Bachelor of Arts degrees. He graduated with a BA in Elementry Education and K-12 Physical Education/Health degrees with a minor in coaching.
Statzer brings passion, energy, and most of all competitiveness to Iowa Western. He and his staff look forward to the 2014-2015 season and expect more success to come.
Shellene Williams enters into her sixth year as an assistant coach for the Reivers, bringing lots of personal and professional experiences. She will be focusing her coaching skills in the men's and women's sprint group area.
Shellene Williams was an interim assistant coach with the University of Iowa women's track and field program.
Williams made a strong impact on the University of Iowa women's sprinting events in a short time. She was an all-American in the 400 meters in 2004, and four-time Big Ten champion at Iowa (2003-04). She is one of only four student-athletes in school history to win at least four Big Ten titles during a career, and one of three to win two Big Ten titles at the same meet. Williams still holds outdoor school records in the 200 meters (23.50-2004) and as part of the 1,600-meter relay (3:36.26-2003), and also set the University of Iowa Recreation Building 400-meter record (54.17-2004). Six of her indoor marks and seven outdoor marks still rank in Iowa's all-time top 10.
She transferred to Iowa from Barton Community College, where she was a two-time all-American, two-time regional champion and part of the 2002 NJCAA national champion 400-meter relay team that set a national record of 43.84.
Williams has also been successful in international competition. She ran on the Jamaican 400-meter relay squad that placed third at the 2003 Pan American Games and on the 1,600-meter relay that placed third at the 2003 World Championships. She also placed sixth in the 400 meters at the 2003 Jamaican National Championships.
A native of Old Harbour, Jamaica, Williams was a four-time Jamaican National Junior team member who competed at the World Junior Athletic Championships and the CARIFTA Games. She earned a degree in communication studies from Iowa, and is currently pursuing a degree in student affairs.
Personal -- born February 19, 1981... daughter of Harry Williams and Corene Williams...Marrid to Lancford Davis.
Mike Pavich begins his eighth year as an assistant coach for the Reivers. He comes to Iowa Western with 31 years coaching experience in the throwing events. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools in 1968, Pavich attended UCLA where he played football for the Bruins and received his undergraduate degree. In 1974, Pavich graduated with a master's degree from UCLA.
Pavich's 31 years of coaching experience was spent at Kamehameha (1977), Santa Monica High School (1978-1980), and Punahon High School (1981-2008). Coach Pavich is retired from High School teaching. He married Tammy Pavich in 1997 who he met on Ragbrai in 1995. They reside here in Council Bluffs.
Nick Tangeman begins his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Reivers. Nick’s involvement with the Iowa Western Track and Field Team began in 2011 as a freshman in college. He enjoyed throwing discus and hammer as a competitive athlete for two years. Once he graduated IWCC in 2013, he began working alongside Coach Pavich assisting him with coaching duties. Nick helps coach the hammer and weight throw.
Nick was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He graduated from Lewis Central High School and continued his education at Iowa Western Community College, receiving a degree in Computer Networking and Administration. Nick works full time as a Network Engineer at Cambium Data and enjoys spending his free time with the Iowa Western Community College Track and Field Team.
Thomas begins his third season as the assistant cross country/track and field coach. Prior to his arrival at IWCC, he served as the graduate assistant and volunteer cross country/ track and field coach at Mississippi College located in Clinton, Mississippi for 5 years. During his time at Mississippi College, he worked closely with the distance and track program. Thomas comes to the program with a passion for hard work and looks forward to working with a strong group of athletes.
In addition to his coaching experience, Thomas also brings athletic experience to the program. He spent his college career at Mississippi College, where he was a dual sport athlete playing football and running track for the Choctaws. While at MC, he was a diverse athlete, competing in multiple events 4x100m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and Pole Vault. He earned NCAA ASC All Conference wide receiver, NCAA DIII All-America status 4 times during outdoor track in the Pole Vault, Long Jump, and Triple Jump. Finished his career at MC with the school record in the pole vault with a jump of 5.15m and finished his post collegiate career with a jump of 5.47m
Thomas is a native of Iuka, MS., and graduated from Tishomingo County High School. Thomas received a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, and minor in Business from Mississippi College, located in Clinton, Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Mississippi College.â€‹
Trevor Vidlak, assistant distance coach, enters his first cross country season and second track seasons this year for Iowa Western Community College. Prior to Iowa Western he was a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he ran cross country and track and field from 2009-2014. He captained both teams for two years and his 4:00.71 mile, 8:11 3km, and 14:07 5km times are all still top-five marks in the University’s history. He also volunteered one year as a distance coach at Lincoln Northeast High School in 2015.
Trevor Vidlak was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management degree during his time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Crystal Statzer begins her 2nd. year as an assistant cross country/track & field coach for Iowa Western. She joins the team with much excitement and anticipation for the upcoming season. Berndt comes from the State of Kansas where she resided for most of her life and was Head Women's cross country/track & field coach at Colby Community College the past 8 years.
Statzer grew up in Oakley, Kansas where she attended Oakley High School. At a very young age Statzer developed a love for Track and Field.
Statzer continued her education at Colby Community College from 1996-1998. She ran for Kirk Hunter the current Head Coach at Wichita State University in Kansas. Berndt was a standout runner and a five-time All American for CCC. She was one of the six ladies to make it to Nationals where their team placed second Indoor and third Outdoor. Statzer held the record at CCC in the 100 hurdles & the Pentathlon for 18 years, which were both broke by athletes she had coached. She currently still holds the record at CCC for the Heptathlon.
Statzer began her coaching career at Oakley HS from 1999-2007. In 2005 she helped coach the first girl’s team in Oakley's history to win a Cross Country championship.
Statzer began coaching at Colby Community College in 2007. During her 8 years at Colby, she coached 2 National Champions, 13 All-Americans, over 60 Academic All-Americans & set 16 new school records.
Statzer is very excited to be a part of one of the top cross country/track & field programs in the Nation here at Iowa Western. She hopes to bring passion & share her knowledge from years of coaching with this great team.