Head Coach Michael Stevenson
A Track & Field coaching veteran lead’s the recently formed Skyhawks Track & Field team. Michael Stevenson enters his third year as the head coach, after starting the program three years ago. Stevenson has 30 years of collegiate coaching under his belt, with 22 years at Western Illinois University, 3 seasons at Purdue University, and 2 years at the California Institute of Technology.
Stevenson has seen a great deal of success during his collegiate coaching career. He has coached every event area in the program during his tenure, but specializes in the sprints and jumping events. He is a USATF Level II certified coach in the jumps. His charges have seen success as well, as he has coached NCAA All-Americans, Conference Champions and School Record Holders. Stevenson has multiple Coach of the Year honors and has a track and field scholarship named after him at Western Illinois University.
As an athlete, Stevenson attended WIU, where he is still listed as the top-ten sprinter in the program. He was a multiple time All-Conference performer, and was named regularly to the Academic All-Conference team as well. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology from Western Illinois.
Now at Sauk Valley Community College, along with being the head track and field coach, Stevenson serves as the Director of Athletics, Director of the Fitness Center, and teaches courses in Physical Education at the college. He resides in rural Sterling with his wife Sara and three children (Riley, Ella, and Ruthanne).
Assistant Coach Nick Hartz
Hartz was head track coach at Bureau Valley High School and has helped guide multiple athletes to medal at the state meets. He is also a United States Track and Field Level I certified coach and USATF Level II Coach in Endurance, Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays. He joined the SVCC staff in 2015 as an assistant coach for Cross Country and in 2017 as co-head coach with current assistant coach of Cross Country, Mike Sullivan.
Coach Hartz is a 1996 graduate of Bureau Valley High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Monmouth College in 2000 and a Master's of Education in Educational Psychology from the UIniversity of Illinois in 2007. He is currently a teacher at Bureau Valley North Junior High School.