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New track coach at UW-River Falls

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Aaron Decker has been named the head men's and women's track and field coach at UW-River Falls, according to athletic director, Rick Bowen.

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Decker, who begins work at UW-RF on Sept. 2, replaces Keven Syverson as head coach of the Falcon program. Syverson was the team's interim head coach for the 2009-10 season. Decker will also be an instructor in the UW-RF health and human performance department.

In the 2009-10 school year Decker was an assistant men's and women's track and field coach at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. He coached sprinters, throwers and jumpers and was the team's strength and conditioning coordinator.

"We are very happy that Aaron will be joining the Falcon athletic department as the head coach of our track and field program," said Bowen. "We feel our track and field teams have great potential at the WIAC and NCAA levels and look forward to having Aaron lead the way."

The 2008 Falcon women's team won the NCAA National team championship.

Decker said he's happy about taking over the program at UW-RF.

"I am excited and looking forward to joining a very successful program that is in one of the top conferences in the country," said Decker. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the Falcon track and field program to the next level."

Decker, 29, was the head men's and women's track and field coach at North Park University, Ill., from 2006-09.

From 2006-08, Decker was an instructor in the Northeastern Illinois University's health, physical education, recreation and athletics department. He began his coaching career at Illinois State University as a graduate assistant coach to the men's and women's jumpers.

Decker holds a Master of Science degree in kinesiology and recreation from Illinois State, an undergraduate degree in exercise science from Truman State, Mo., University, and has completed his United States Track and Field Level 1 and 2 certifications. Since 2006 he has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has had written work published and has given several presentations. He is a member of the USA Track and Field, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The 2009-10 Falcon women's team placed fourth in both the WIAC indoor and outdoor championships. The men's team placed seventh in the WIAC indoor meet and eighth in the outdoor championships. The Falcon women had five individuals, and the men four, earn NCAA All-American honors during the 2010 indoor season. Five female student-athletes earned All-American honors during the recently completed outdoor season.

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