Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach
The University of South Dakota ’03
The University of South Dakota ’06
In seven seasons with the Dakota Wesleyan University cross country and track and field programs, head coach Pat Belling has seen many records fall and coached numerous athletes to Great Plains Athletic Conference honors and NAIA National Championship appearances. In his eighth season with the program, Belling hopes to continue and expand upon that success.
In 2012, Belling coached the first female track outdoor All-American in DWU history, and he followed that up in 2013 with the first female indoor All-American and the second straight female outdoor All-American. Freshman Nicole Court-Menendez set school records in the 3,000-meter race walk in the indoor season and the 5,000-meter race walk in the outdoor season, and she took eighth in both events at the national meets. Along with being the first female indoor All-American, she is the first female in DWU track history to earn All-American honors at both the indoor and outdoor meets in the same season.
Senior sprinter Tamika Irvin wrapped up her storied track career at Dakota Wesleyan with a pair of appearances at the indoor and outdoor national meets. She competed in the 200-meter dash at indoor nationals and the 100 at the outdoor nationals. Freshman Haley Brunke also competed in the marathon at the outdoor national championships.
The Tiger women set three records and recorded 12 top-10 finishes in the 2013 outdoor season. Brunke set records in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs and Court-Menedez set the 5,000-meter race walk record. Brunke earned All-GPAC honors in both events, Katie Johnson in the javelin and MaKenzie Hageman earned a pair of honors in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The DWU men recorded five times in the top 10 in school history.
The DWU women set two records – Court-Menendez in the 3,000-meter race walk and the 3,200-meter relay team of Court-Menendez, Skylar Forgey, Kayleen Gupman and Heather Banister – and recorded 16 other times or marks in the top 10 in school history in the indoor season. Irvin and Hageman earned All-GPAC honors in the 60 and 200 and Brunke in the 5,000. The men recorded six top-10 times.
Overall, Belling had individuals qualify for the national meets in five individual events. He had 10 All-GPAC selections and one NAIA Scholar-Athlete. In seven seasons at Dakota Wesleyan, Belling has coached three All-Americans, 55 NAIA national meet qualifiers, 64 All-GPAC Selections, 20 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and three GPAC Athletes-of-the-Week.
Belling came to DWU after three seasons as the track and field graduate assistant coach at the University of South Dakota. He worked with the sprinters and was part of the Coyote outdoor squad that finished fourth in the nation, the second-best outdoor finish in school history.
Belling, an Omaha, Neb., native, was a three-time NCAA All-American sprinter at USD and a member of NCC Championship teams. He was a member of the 4×400-meter relay squad that finished sixth at the 2002 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships. Belling was also a member of the 4×100-meter relay team that set a state record with a time of 40.80 in 2001-02.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from USD in December 2003 and completed his Master of Arts degree in athletic administration from USD in May 2006.
A graduate of Omaha Roncalli Catholic High School, Belling was a Nebraska Class “B” State Champion in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash at the 1999 Nebraska State Track Meet. His time of 21.92 won the 200-meter dash All-Class Gold Medal that year, and his time of 10.79 in the 100-meter dash set a new Class “B” state meet record.
Belling currently lives in Mitchell.
Graduate Assistant Cross Country/Track and Field Coach
Baker University ’13
Eric Larson joins the Tiger cross country and track and field coaching staff as a graduate assistant starting with the 2013 cross country season. Larson comes to Dakota Wesleyan from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan.
Larson, who graduated in August with a bachelor’s of science in exercise science, ran cross country and track at Baker. He was named his team’s most improved and most inspirational in his career, and he is part of the school record indoor 3,200-meter relay and outdoor 3,200, distance and 4X1-mile relay teams.
The Overland Park, Kan., native competed at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in 2011 and 2012 and helped his team to a 25th-place finish in 2011 and a 10th-place finish in 2012. He also competed on the Baker distance medley relay team that took 14th at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
During summers throughout college, Larson coached the Blue Valley West High School cross country team. He attended high school at Blue Valley, and is part of the school record-holding 3,200-meter relay team.
Larson is pursuing his masters in educational policy and administration at Dakota Wesleyan.
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’06
Zeke Prado begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Dakota Wesleyan University track and field program in 2013-14.
Prado, who is also an assistant football coach at DWU, works with the sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers at Dakota Wesleyan, and he also helps with recruiting.
Prado was a wide receivers coach for the Tiger football team from 2005-07 and returned in 2010 to take over as quarterbacks coach. He has also coached for the Rosemead Rebels organization, at San Gabriel High School, East Los Angeles College and Temple City High School.
Prado started his college football career with Chuck Lyons College of the Canyon and John Cicuto at Glendale Community College before transferring to Dakota Wesleyan before the 2001 season. In his two-year career as a wide receiver for the Tigers, Prado caught 88 passes for 1,078 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is among DWU’s leaders for career receiving yards, single-season receiving yards, career receptions and single-season receptions. Prado, who was also a kick and punt returner, was a two-time All-GPAC Honorable Mention selection.
After completing his playing career at DWU, Prado earned a B.A. in sports and exercise science and a master’s degree in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. He is the cofounder of Legends of Character, a nonprofit organization that works with parents and student-athletes and uses academics and athletics as a tool to continue their education.
Prado lives in Mitchell.
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’12
Derik Fossum enters his seventh year with the Dakota Wesleyan track and field team in 2013-14. He is in his third year of coaching after competing with the Tigers for four seasons. He is the jumps coach for DWU.
The Canton, S.D., native was the GPAC indoor triple jump champion in 2010 and holds the second-best mark in school history in the outdoor (47-feet-11 inches) and indoor (46-8.75) triple jump. He qualified for the NAIA indoor and outdoor national championships multiple times, and finished just outside of All-American honors with a 12th-place finish at the 2012 outdoor national championships. He also took ninth at the indoor national championships.
Fossum earned a total of six All-GPAC honors in his career and was a three-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete. The 2012 DWU graduate is currently the Resident Director for Dayton Hall at Dakota Wesleyan. He graduated with a triple major in business administration, leadership and public service and religion. He lives in Mitchell with his wife, Jessie.
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University
Jeff Holstein enters his second year as part of the Tiger track and field coaching staff in 2013-14. He competed on the DWU track and field team as a thrower for three seasons prior to switching over to a coach.
Holstein, a Riverside, Calif., native, coaches the Tigers’ throwers. He competed in shot put, discus, javelin and weight throw for Dakota Wesleyan, and holds the fourth-best time in DWU history in the outdoor hammer throw (140-3) and indoor weight throw (46-2.5).
Holstein is currently finishing his degree in criminal justice at Dakota Wesleyan.
Assistant Cross Country/Track and Field Coach
Ian Ames will help with the Dakota Wesleyan cross country and track and field programs this year.
The Woonsocket, S.D., native will help with the jumpers and middle- and long-distance runners.
When he is not coaching at DWU, Ames enjoys Special Olympics basketball, softball and bowling. His favorite team is the Denver Broncos, and he also enjoys watching WWE Monday Night Raw and Cops.