Sept. 25, 2007
New Butler track/cross country coach Matt Roe put the finishing touches on his 2007-08 staff with the addition of Olympian and former NCAA Division II javelin national champ Kirt Thompson as an assistant coach. Thompson joins Kaleena Bruckbauer, who previously was named an assistant track/cross country coach at Butler.
Thompson, a three-time national champ as a member of the track and field team at Ashland University, competed in the Atlanta Olympic Games in the javelin in 1996. He also was an Olympic Games qualifier in the javelin in 2004. He won the NCAA Division II javelin national championship in three consecutive years, 1994-96, setting a Division II national record with a throw of 256-1 in 1996.
The new Butler assistant also captured the NAIA javelin national championship in 1992, and he was the Central American and Caribbean Games Bronze Medalist in the javelin in 1990. He was Trinidad and Tobago National Javelin Champion in 2000 and a National Club Champion in the javelin in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Thompson has served the past seven years as health promotions coordinator for New Energy Club at American Senior Communities in Indianapolis. He's also worked at North Willow Center in Indianapolis and at Bally's Total Fitness in Canton, Ohio. During his time in Canton, he further served as an assistant track coach at Walsh University.
Thompson earned a bachelor's degree from Ashland in 1996.
Bruckbauer joined Roe's staff after serving for one season as a volunteer assistant coach for the track and cross country teams at Purdue University. She was a four-year member of the track and cross country teams at Purdue, serving as a track team captain in her senior year. She earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for three straight years, and she was named an Academic All-American in 2005.
Bruckbauer, who attended Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, earned a B.A. degree in Movement and Sports Science from Purdue in 2006. She served as a teaching assistant in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Purdue from August, 2006, to May, 2007, while working on her Master's Degree in Health and Fitness.