2017-18 Men's Track & Field Coaches
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Mike Kirkland

Head Coach 36th season

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Tobias Boese

Assistant Coach 3rd season

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    Wichita State

Bio

Tobias Boese joined the Southwestern Track and Field coaching staff in July 2015. Prior to Southwestern, Boese worked as a volunteer Track and Field coach at Wichita State University.

Boese attended Wichita State where he competed in track and field while earning a degree in sport management. During his time as a student-athlete at WSU, Boese specialized multi-events such as the Heptathlon and Decathlon. He was recognized as an all-conference selection in the Missouri Valley Conference for his track efforts. He was also named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-academic team as was as a nominee for “Man of the Year” in 2014.

As a coach, Boese focuses on recruiting.

“The truth is, recruiting is the name of the game," Boese said. "A coach’s role is to recruit athletes to continue the success of the program and fill in the positions lost after a group of seniors graduate.”

He also realizes his role is bigger than just in athletics.

“I also am lucky enough to provide guidance to our athletes and try to help in any way I can, both on the track and off.”

In his free time Boese enjoys participating in water sports or anything snow/mountain related. He was born and raised in Dodge City, Kan. and currently resides in Winfield.

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Tim Testa

Assistant Coach 2nd season

Bio

Tim Testa was named Head Coach of the Southwestern College Cross Country program prior to the 2016 season.

Testa came to Southwestern from Junction City, Kan., where he has spent five years as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Junction City High School, working primarily with distance runners for the Bluejays. In his five years at Junction City, he coached 48 Kansas 6A state qualifiers, including 10 all-state athletes. He coached Myrissa Humphreys, who held the JCHS 800 Meter school record, and coached five league champions and three regional champion relay teams. In 2013, Testa took the reins of the Junction City Middle School cross country program, and inherited 16 runners between the boys' and girls' programs. One year later, he fielded a roster of 62 middle school runners. The only league champions in JCMS history came under Testa's leadership.

During his five-year stint as a physical education teacher at Junction City Middle School, Testa was active in the northeast Kansas running community. He founded the Junction City Track Club, and was a member of the Red Dirt Race Management team with the Manhattan Running Company.

Testa was an NCAA Div. II Indoor All-American and the program's first, and only, three-time team captain at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., where he ran for head coach Russ Jewett. During his four years with the Gorillas, Testa was a two-time MIAA All-Conference Cross Country selection, and a 12-time MIAA All-Conference selection on the track. He finished his collegiate running career as an MIAA steeplechase champion, and an indoor Distance Medley Relay All-American.

Testa also started his coaching career at Pittsburg State. After graduating from PSU, Testa was hired as an assistant coach for the Gorilla cross country and track and field programs. During his one-year tenure with the Gorillas, Pitt State won the MIAA Women's Cross Country championship, and worked closely with the women's distance runners, who earned multiple all-conference honors.

In addition to his duties as Head Cross Country Coach, Testa also serves as an assistant coach for the Moundbuilder track and field program, where he focuses primarily on middle distance and distance runners.

Testa is a 2007 graduate of Junction City High School. He achieved his bachelor's degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in coaching, from Pittsburg State University in 2011. He lives in Winfield with his wife, Lexi, and their two sons, Anthony (7) and Alex (5).