Assistant Track and Field Coach/Throws
Brett Suckstorf moves into his sixth year (2015-16) as throws coach with the Wildcat Track and Field program. He served as Graduate Assistant coach for three years before moving up to full-time status in 2013-14. The Pierce, Nebraska native began his collegiate career with the Wildcats and competed two seasons (2007-08), setting new school records in the weight throw and hammer throw.
Under Suckstorf in 2015, Wayne State throwers reached new heights setting several school records while winning two national titles.
The 2015 indoor season saw senior Sara Wells become the first-ever indoor women's national champion, taking first in the shot put at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Other national qualifiers for the Wildcats included sophomore Michaela Dendinger in the shot put and weight throw and freshman Shandan Platt in the shot put.
Suckstorf helped coach the Wildcats to the best-ever finish at an NCAA Championship in the 2015 outdoor season, finishing in a tie for eighth place with 26 points. WSC had four All-Americans, led by senior Sara Wells captured a second straight national title in the shot put while also earning All-American honors with a third place finish in the discus. Sophomore Michaela Dendinger also recorded two All-American placings, taking second in the discus and seventh in the shot put. Freshman Shandan Platt was also a national qualifier in the hammer throw.
Suckstorf helped WSC achieve a pair of top 20 national finishes in 2014. The Wildcats had three All-Americans and five national qualifiers during the 2014 indoor season, scoring 12 points and finishing in a tie for 16th at the NCAA Indoor National Championships. All-Americans included Carly Fehringer in the weight throw (2nd), Sara Wells in the shot put (6th) and Emily Wells in the weight throw (8th).
During the 2014 outdoor season, Wildcat throwers accounted for 59 of Wayne State's 60 team points and saw four athletes qualify in seven events for nationals. Sara Wells placed second in the shot put while Carly Fehringer was third in the hammer throw to give the Wildcat program two more All-Americans. As a team, WSC tied for 18th scoring 14 points to give the Wildcat program a fourth straight top 20 national finish dating back to the 2013 indoor season.
As a result of his athletes' success, Suckstorf was honored as the 2014 USTFCCCA Central Region and National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year during both indoor and outdoor seasons.
Under Suckstorf in the 2013 season, WSC had five indoor national qualifiers and two All-Americans, while adding another eight outdoor national qualifiers with three additional All-American finishers. Carly Fehringer (weight throw-indoor/hammer throw-outdoor) and Sara Wells (shot put-indoor/discus-outdoor) each earned All-American honors in the indoor and outdoor seasons while Lachel Milander was an outdoor All-American in the hammer throw. For his athletes' success, Suckstorf was named the 2012 USTFCCCA Central Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2012, Suckstorf coached six NCAA national qualifiers and had two All-American finishers. Ross Bunchek earned Indoor All-American honors in the weight throw and Outdoor All-American honors in the hammer throw. Carly Fehringer (weight throw, hammer throw and shot put) and Emily Wells (hammer throw) also qualified for nationals.
In the 2011 season, Suckstorf coached three NCAA National qualifiers for the Wildcats. Ross Bunchek was an indoor All-American placing sixth in the 35 pound weight throw while also earning outdoor All-American honors in the hammer throw with a sixth place finish. Freshman Carly Fehringer of Wayne was also a national outdoor qualifier in the women's shot put.
Suckstorf won Northern Sun Conference championships in the hammer throw (181-1) and discus (150-7) at the 2008 NSIC Outdoor Championships and was an NCAA Division II national qualifier in the hammer throw in the 2008 outdoor season. He then transferred to Nebraska and competed for the Huskers for two seasons. Suckstorf earned All-Big 12 honors as a junior in 2009 in the hammer throw with a fifth place finish (193-2). In the 2010 indoor season, Suckstorf earned a second place finish in the weight throw at 66-7 to help Nebraska to a second place team finish. He closed out his Husker career in the 2010 outdoor season with a second place finish in the hammer throw, a personal best mark of 203-8 to help Nebraska win a second straight Big 12 Outdoor title.
Brett and his wife Erin reside in Wayne and they have one son, Parker, who will be three on November 2.
Graduate Assistant Track and Field Coach/Sprint/Jumps
Travis Kamm begins his fourth season as an assistant coach (three years as a graduate assistant) with the Wildcat track and field program. He will work with sprinters and jumpers.
Kamm comes to Wayne State after competing in track and field at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He was a multiple placer in NSIC meets in the high jump and triple jump while also participating in the heptathlon, long jump, 400 meters and 1600 meter relay team during his time with the Wolves. Kamm was named the team's Most Improved Male Athlete during his junior season (2009-10).
Following his four years as a member of the Wolve track and field team, Kamm spent the 2011-12 season working as an intern with the school's strength and conditioning program. His duties included helping athletes with lifting technique while supervising workouts and athletic testing.
Kamm earned his bachelor degree from Northern State University in May, 2012 in human performance and fitness. He obtained a master's degree from Wayne State in May, 2015 majoring in physical education and excercise science.