HARTFORD, Wis. -- After a four-year career at Maranatha where he finished with 4th-best time in program history, Josh Kruit ('18) now finds himself coaching at his old high school. And the recent MBU graduate is loving it.
Kruit has taken the assistant coaching position at Hartford Union High School in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Division 1, Sectional 4 school is where Kruit graduated from in 2014. Kruit served a team captain during his time there and posted a PR of 16:48 (5K) in the WIAA Division 1 Sectional in Muskego during his senior year. Kruit was consistently the number 2 or 3 runner on the squad and now finds himself helping each student-athlete improve themselves as they prepare to run on the collegiate scene.
"I'm really excited about it," Kruit said. "I love the sport, and I want to be able to pass that love onto other people and share my knowledge with them so they can love the sport as much as I do."
Besides passing a love for the sport on to the runners he coaches, Kruit's goal for the season is to see improvement from every runner on the squad.
"My goal for the season is to see improvement from last year with all of our runners," Kruit said. "Some of our runners want to get into the low- or mid-17 minute mark for the 5K, so I'd like to help them reach that goal."
"I plan on bringing some practices and workouts [from Maranatha] to the high school level," Kruit added. "It helps to have run in college because you learn the sport better at the higher level. It gives me the confidence to be able to pull from my college experience."
The first meet of the season for Kruit and the "Orioles" is tomorrow (August 25) at Watertown High School in Watertown, Wisconsin. The Glenn Harold Invitational begins with a boys race at 9:30 a.m. while the girls run at 10:20 a.m.