6.8.12: Walsh Tabs Former Alum to Guide Cross Country and Track and Field Programs

Men's Cross Country, 2012-06-08

Walsh University Director of Athletics Dale Howard has announced that former alum Rob Mizicko (’94) has been hired to direct the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs.  Under an umbrella used by many NCAA institutions, Mizicko will be the head coach of both programs.  Al Campbell, the women’s coach for the past 13 years will be an assistant and Dan McCallion, who coached Mizicko at Walsh, will stay on as a volunteer assistant.  Mizicko will hire another assistant and two graduate assistants.

Mizicko earned his bachelor of science in education (K-12) in physical education from Walsh.  He lettered four times in each cross country and track and field and was a five-time national qualifier.  He earned his health education certification (7-12) from Malone University (’96).

Rob began his coaching career at Lake High School in 1994 and coached the Blue Streaks’ cross country and track and field programs through 1998.  In 1998, he took the helm at Perry High School, where he coached through spring of this year.  At Perry, he was a four-time Stark County Coach of the Year and nine-time Federal League Coach of the Year.  He led his teams’ to six Stark County Championships and seven Federal League Championships.

Rob has taught physical education and health education at Perry since 1998. He was named the 2011 State (OAHPERD) Health Teacher of the Year and was selected as a Top 25 Educator nine times.

He has been the founder and meet director of the Stark County Track and Field Championship Meet since 2003 and is a former Executive Board member of the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country coaches.

“We are thrilled to have Rob join our coaching staff to take over the reins of the men’s and women’s track programs at Walsh University,” exclaimed Howard.  “Rob has had such a great run as head coach at Perry High School, and now we welcome him back to his Alma Mater to shepherd our program as we transition into the NCAA and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  He truly understands the Walsh Community and is the perfect fit to recruit quality student-athletes to the program and then to foster their growth in all areas of their development; mind, body and spirit.”

“I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to come back to Walsh and coach,” stated Mizicko.  “I feel very blessed to have been able to be coached by Dan McCallion during his tenure.  It is truly an honor to return.  I am looking forward to doing everything I can to keep the Walsh Cross Country and Track tradition flourishing for many years to come.”

Rob and his wife of ten years, Jennifer, reside in Plain Township.

Walsh is a member of NCAA ll (candidacy year two) and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).