DOVER, Del. – Wesley College assistant track and field coach Don Riser recently earned the highest track & field coaches' certifications by the USA Track & Field (USATF) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Riser currently serves as the horizontal jumps and pole vaulting coach for the track and field team. Riser received his Level 5 Certificate with the IAAF and the USATF Level 3 Certificate in the jumps, the highest certification in both organizations. Riser also holds USATF Level 2 certification in the combined events.
"When I first entered collegiate coaching, I wanted to know more so I can help the kids be able to reach their full potential," Riser said. "I love helping people so I'm lucky and fortunate to help our athletes break their personal goals."
Riser has been assisting with the Wesley track & field program for five years and has had a hand in coaching 35 All-Americans and five Division III national champions. After retiring from the United States Air Force with 20 years of service, Riser spent seven years coaching the jumping events at Lake Forest High School.
Riser is currently employed as a Technology Services Engineer at Lake Forest School District.
Fellow assistant coach Michael Roscoe is currently working on his certifications for the Level 3 Certificate with the USATF. Roscoe currently holds the USATF Level 2 Certification in sprints, hurdles, relays and combined events.