Janay Mitchell (60m) and Rasheta Butler (300m) each set NIU records in season-opening meet
Kevin Dwyer is in his fourth season with the Northern Illinois University women's track and field program. Dwyer coaches the heptathlon, pole vault, jumps and all throwing events.
In his first three seasons with Northern Illinois, Dwyer has sent one field athlete to the NCAA West Preliminary Round (Cora Caulfield - 2011) and has coached four NIU record-setting performances. Most recently, he helped Jenner Sio set the Huskie standard in the indoor triple jump (39-01.00) and outdoor triple jump (40-02.00).
Dwyer continues to guide the Huskies to new heights. With the instruction of Dwyer, freshman Rachael Waldrop set the NIU indoor pole vault record in just her first meet as a Huskie. With the help of Dwyer, Waldrop added her name to the record books when she notched a mark of 10"07 at the EIU Early Bird Invitational.
A native of Arlington Heights, Ill., Dwyer was an assistant track and field summer coach at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights in 2008 and 2009. At Hersey, he was responsible for leading more than 50 athletes in multiple track events. A 2009 graduate of Miami (Ohio) University, Dwyer was a two-time NCAA national qualifier in the decathlon. In both 2008 and 2009, he finished among the nation's finest decathletes, finishing 19th and 13th, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. The 2008 conference decathlon champion, Dwyer was also named an NCAA Regional Qualifier in the long jump in 2009 and javelin in 2008.
Dwyer graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in science in health and sports studies. In addition to his playing career, he also assisted in the organization of the 2007 MAC Track and Field meet, which was attended by more than 300 athletes. Dwyer also interned with IMG College, America's Home for College Sports, in the spring of 2009.