Assistant Coach Janine Tessarzik Kuestner


Phone:  (330) 490-7562

Janine Tessarzik Kuestner is in her second season as assistant track and field coach at Walsh. Janine works with the Cavs’ throwers and designs the weight lifting programs for all track athletes. During her first year with the squad, she guided senior Leah Beatty to break school records in the weight throw and hammer, and saw athletes place at the GLIAC championship meet in discus (Shannon Montgomery, Fr., 7th) and javelin (Kristine Sokol, Jr., 3rd).

Before coming to Walsh, Kuestner coached for one season (2011) at the City College of New York (CCNY) and produced CUNYAC (City University of New York Athletic Conference) champions in women's shot put, discus, hammer, javelin, and men's hammer. Kuestner also coached youth athletics for the Knoxville Track Club (2001-02, ‘04) guiding athletes to top finishes at the local, regional, and national levels. Kuestner also taught science at Marie Curie High School in the Bronx, New York (2007-2011).

No stranger to athletic success herself, Kuestner set the school record in the hammer throw (since broken) while a student at the University of Tennessee (UT), and placed third in the discus at the 2003 SEC Championships. She also attended Ashland University for one year and placed third in the discus at the NCAA ll Championships and scored fifth at the GLIAC Championships in the indoor shot and outdoor discus. She was the recipient of the Eagle Award from Ashland.

Kuestner earned her bachelor of science in chemistry from UT (2003) and her master’s in secondary science education from CCNY (2011). She holds USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) Specialist Certification in the throws and is a member of the USATF Coaches Registry.

Janine and her husband Philip reside in North Canton. She is a member of the adjunct faculty in the division of math and science.