Vahrenkamp enters his fourth season with the Royals after three successful years rebuilding the cross country and track & field programs. In cross country the men captured a bid to the 2014 NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Ky. while Catie Byrd captured the program’s first ever Individual Regional Champion. She then went on to finish 32nd at the NCAA championship where she was named All-American. Her finish was the highest finish for a female in program history.
On the track, Nikia Squire set new school records in the 60m earning her a birth at the NCAA Championships and at the USATF Indoor championships. Her appearance at the USATF championships was a first in program history. At the NCAA championships Squire captured All-American Status in the 60m dash and the Long Jump.
At the 2015 outdoor championships both the men and women captured conference championship titles, another first in program history. “I am so proud of what the men and women have accomplished this year. It has been pretty inspiring to see them come together and support one another at the conference championship. There were great performances across the board in all events and they showed the type of team effort that it takes to win championships this weekend,” said Vahrenkamp.
Vahrenkamp repeated as Southeast Regional Women’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year, and added to his collection the 2015 Southeast Regional Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year, as well as the 2015 SAC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year awards. Through his leadership the Royals have been awarded eight All-American honors, in the past three seasons.
Prior to Queens, Vahrenkamp spent three season with the Augustana College Vikings in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At Augustana, Vahrenkamp’s core responsibilities involved recruiting for both the men’s and women’s programs, assisting in budgeting and fundraising, monitoring academic success plans for both programs and assisting in meet administration at home events. As an assistant he was also in charge of coaching jumps, sprints, hurdles, and multi-events with the track and field teams.
While with the Vikings, Vahrenkamp had the opportunity to coach Adou Omot, the 2011 NCAA Division II 800 meter indoor and outdoor champion. At the close of the 2011 spring season the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Vahrenkamp the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts in just his second complete season with the Vikings.
Augustana’s most recent success came in the 2011 cross country season when the women were able capture the NCAA National Title. In 2010 the Viking men finished sixth, their highest finish ever in school history, while the women took seventh. In track the Viking women won the indoor Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship for the first time in school history before winning the outdoor title for the first time in 2011.
Prior to joining Augustana’s staff, Vahrenkamp was an assistant track and field coach for one year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Emory, Vahrenkamp coached throws, pole vault, high jump and multi-event athletes for both the indoor and outdoor teams. The Eagles snagged their first University Athletic Association Indoor Championship in 2009 and the coaching staff was recognized as Coaching Staff of the Year.
Before Emory, Vahrenkamp spent two seasons with the Coyotes of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. While there he helped the men’s indoor and women’s outdoor teams become North Central Conference Champions in 2007. In 2008 the women were indoor and outdoor NCC Champions. Vahrenkamp also spent three years at Rapid City Christian High School as the assistant track and field coach where he coached the state champion in the women’s 3200. Before joining the collegiate world of coaching Vahrenkamp was the 2001 South Dakota State Champion in 300-meter hurdles and in 2002 he became the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology school record holder in the pentathlon.
He then went on to attend the University of South Dakota where he was part of the North Central Conference Championship team during the 2005 indoor season and the 2006 indoor and outdoor seasons. He also became the 2005 NCC Champion in the pentathlon. The Coyotes finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2006. Vahrenkamp holds a bachelor‘s degree in education which he obtained from The U in 2006. He also received his master’s degree in history from there in 2008. In addition, he has earned the USTFCCCA Head Coaching Certification and a Certification in Sprints and Hurdles along with the Track and Field Technical Certification and the USATF Level One Track and Field Coaching Certification.
Tom Scott joined the Royals as the head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach in 2018-2019 after most recently serving as the head cross country and track and field coach at Coker College.
During his first year with the Royals, Scott led the men’s and women’s cross country teams to SAC Championship titles and NCAA DII Southeast Regional Titles. Following the Regional Championship, the Royals who ranked as high as sixth nationally in the men’s poll and 24th in the women’s went on to compete at the NCAA Championships with the men finishing ninth and the women earning 10th place. Scott’s efforts at the helm earned the head coach SAC Coach of the Year on the both the men’s and women’s side. Daniel Wallis was named SAC Runner of Year, SAC Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the SAC Presidents Award recipient, while Lucie Noall was named SAC Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Additionally, Anthony Raftis was named an all-American.
During the track and field season, the Royals captured SAC Championships in men’s and women’s indoor track and field and in men’s outdoor track and field. The Royals also had successful track and field post seasons as the men grabbed their highest finishes in program history at both the indoor and outdoor national championships. Queens took 13th at the indoor championships walking away with three all-Americans (Seb Anthony, Daniel Wallis, Felix Wammetsberger) and a national title in the men’s mile. At the outdoor championship, three all-American honors were earned by distance runners (Daniel Wallis, Felix Wammetsberger) as the men took 14th place. Additionally, Scott was named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year during the indoor season.
In his one year leading the Cobras, Scott coached the first cross country all-American in school history, the first indoor track and field all-American in school history, and the NCAA Division II record holder in the women's 800 meters during the outdoor season. Last season under Scott’s direction, Coker produced 34 new school records during the indoor season, 27 new school records during the outdoor season, and three NCAA qualifying marks during the outdoor season.
Prior to his time with Coker, Scott led the program at his alma mater Ashland University for two years, where in 2017 his team finished as the national runner-up in indoor track and field and took third-place nationally in outdoor track and field. Previously, Scott also spent two years as an assistant at Michigan Technological University.
Scott graduated from Ashland with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. As a student-athlete he was three times named an all-American, twice in the 800 meters and once in the 4x400-meter relay.
Vincent Schneider joins the Queens coaching staff after competing for the Royals from 2014 to 2018. As a former multi-event athlete, Schneider will work across the sprint, jump, and throws groups assisting coach Vahrenkamp.
At Queens, Schneider holds the school records in the Decathlon and the Heptathlon. In 2016, he competed at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Bradenton, Florida. During Schneider’s athletic career, the Royals were able to claim four straight SAC outdoor championships, as well as the inaugural SAC indoor championship in 2018.
Schneider is originally from Pliezhausen, Germany. He was born on April 9, 1992. After graduating in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication, he is currently working on his MBA at Queens.
Hailing from Summerville, S.C., Mason Hazel joined the Royals staff in the fall of 2018 after graduating from fellow SAC institution, Anderson University.
Hazel enjoyed success in his time as a student-athlete, collecting multiple SAC All-Conference first team awards including three individual titles across the 5000m and 10,000m disciplines. In addition, he claimed a number of All-Region awards and represented the Trojans at two NCAA Championships.
Since joining the Royals Staff, Hazel has used his experience and expertise in distance running to help guide the Royals to their success in the pursuits of SAC and NCAA Southeast Region Cross Country titles. Behind the scenes, the history graduate has been a driving force in the Royals staff efforts to recruit the future classes of Queens student-athletes helping to ensure success for years to come.
Daniel Wallis joins the Royals staff after wrapping his collegiate career in track and field and cross country in the Spring of 2019 as a five-time all-American.
During the 2018 cross country season, the two-time SAC All-Conference first-teamer was named SAC Runner of the Year and earned all-region honors. In 2017, he helped lead the Royals to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships which was their best finish in program history. In his final season, Queens won its sixth NCAA DII Southeast Regional Championship and its seventh conference championship.
On the track, the distance runner helped Queens capture two indoor SAC Championships and two outdoor SAC Championships. The 13-time all-region honoree also contributed to Queens recording its best team finishes in program history at the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships where the Royals took 13th and 14th place, respectively. At the Championships, Wallis turned in all-American performances in the 2018 indoor mile and the 2019 indoor mile, indoor 3000m, outdoor 1500m, and outdoor 5000m. His runner-up finish in the 2019 indoor mile trailed fellow Royal Felix Wammetsberger who won the national title in the event.
Additionally, Wallis earned all-American honors academically and was named SAC Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was also named the SAC Presidents Award winner.