Aug. 16, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland today introduced Amy Horst as its new women's track and field head coach and assistant cross country coach. Horst comes to Loyola after serving as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field programs at Marquette University.
"I'm excited to be here at Loyola and very enthused about the opportunities here," said Horst. "It's a healthy, well-founded program with tools and resources to go to the next level. The program's ready, it just needs a catalyst to take what we have here and move forward. Once we reorganize our coaching staffs and get everybody together, we'll do that."
Horst brings experience as both a coach and a student-athlete to Loyola, having participated and coached at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) prior to her stint last season at Marquette.
"We're excited to welcome Amy to Loyola," Greyhounds Director of Athletics Jim Paquette said in making the announcement. "Her experience should continue the growth of our women's track programs while assisting our always-consistent cross country teams. We're fortunate to have someone with her background and wealth of knowledge to put in these positions."
Loyola Assistant Director of Athletics Bill Wnek, who chaired the search, concurred. "In doing this search, Amy quickly was identified as the right person to fill this role," he stated. "She brings energy and experience to the position as we continue to build our women's track programs while lending expertise to the cross country teams with her familiarity as a competitor."
As a volunteer assistant at Marquette, Horst helped coach the Golden Eagles track and field and cross country squads that sent eight student-athletes to the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Regional.
Horst arrived at Marquette after several years coaching at her alma mater. While at MSOE, Horst worked with the track and field program as an assistant coach specializing in distance runners. The program enjoyed consistent success under Horst's tutelage from 2005 to 2009. With Horst's assistance, the men's track and field team became indoor and outdoor Northern Athletic Conference champions in 2007, fielding 13 All-NAC student-athletes and six conference champions in the school's first year as a NAC member institution.
In Horst's last year as an assistant track and field coach, the Raiders produced an NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier and won eight individual conference championships and earned 13 All-NAC student-athlete honors.
In addition to her time as assistant cross country coach, Horst worked with the cross country program as an assistant coach before moving to associate coach in 2007 through 2008. Her coaching helped one Raider to qualify for the NCAA National Championship and guided the men's team to a conference championship. The teams also featured 21 all-conference selections, five Academic All-Americans and a 2008 all-region student-athlete.
Horst returned to the Milwaukee School of Engineering to serve as an assistant cross country coach after competing at MSOE as a student-athlete and receiving a bachelor's of science degree in biomedical engineering in 2002. She also received a master's of science degree in healthcare technologies management from Marquette in 2004. Horst holds two coaching certifications from USA Track & Field in endurance and sprints, hurdles and relays.