Sep 3, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field program has hired Blaine Maag as the new assistant coach for throwing events, as announced by director Walt Drenth on Tuesday. A former thrower at Ashland University, Maag spent the last two seasons coaching at Grand Valley State University under head coach Jerry Baltes.
"We're excited to have him become a part of our staff," said Drenth. "He has demonstrated himself to be an outstanding coach. He has had fantastic results at every place that he has been. He was recommended not only on his development, but him as a person, a teacher and a coach. He comes from a coaching background. He also lives within our footprint of people we recruit and where we think it's important that we really connect with student-athletes. I think he is going to help us in a lot of ways. He is a great product of Coach Logan at Ashland University, so we're excited that we have him aboard."
During his coaching career at GVSU, Maag helped four student-athletes earn nine NCAA Division II All-American honors and three NCAA Division II Championship titles, including two indoor and one in the outdoor season. Sam Lockhart (weight throw) won the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and went on to compete at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials, finishing 19th in the discus.
"I'm very excited," said Maag. "Being in Michigan the last two years, I was able to follow along with what MSU has been doing. The Big Ten is a big deal to me and the throws here are already very good, so I'm excited to be involved. I just want to build on what is already here and I hope the kids can buy into it. I just want to help them keep progressing."
As a student-athlete, Maag competed in throws events at Ashland University under Coach Jud Logan and was part of four GLIAC championship teams at AU. He was named a 2008 and 2010 Division II outdoor track & field All-American in the discus.