- Cross Country
Alex Kluchki enters his second year as the cross country/track and field coach for the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs. Alex joined the staff in February 2015, and this will be his first cross country season for Tennessee Wesleyan.
As assistant coach, Alex will help assist in the coaching of the middle distance and distance athletes. Additionally, he will play a role in the recuriting efforts of the program in addition to the day-to-day operations.
Alex, a resident from Tinley Park, IL, graduated from Lewis University in May 2014 with a degree in Sport Management. At Lewis University, Alex competed for both the cross country and track team. He was also a recipient of the GLVC Academic All-Conference Team every semester as well as a recipient of the Br. David Delahanty Award, an award given out to student-athletes who maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher each year. Upon graduation, Alex earned the GLVC Council of President’s Academic Excellence Award. This award is given to all student-athletes who have maintained a GPA average of at least 3.5 and have completed a minimum of 96 credit hours.
Additionally, in 2012, he helped the Lewis Flyers cross country team earn a 14th national ranking in the USTFCCCA National Rankings. He also assisted the Flyers in capturing the 2014 GLVC Indoor Track and Field Championship, their first indoor conference title since 2005. Alex specialized in the longer distance running events while competing at Lewis University.
Coach Roberts comes to TWC after 29 years as a High School coach at Knoxville West (21 yrs) and Oak Ridge (8 yrs).
Roberts coached Tennessee State Champions Cross country teams in 1994 (boys) and 1998 (girls) and also had a championship team in Grils track in 2006 and was assistant coach for State winning Cross Country teams at Oak Ridge in 2007 (boys and girls), 2009 (girls) and 2010 (girls).
During the years at West and Oak Ridge Roberts coached 45 individual state champions in Sprints, Jumps, Hurdles, Relays and Distance/Cross Country.
Coach Roberts won several State, Knoxville Metro and Knoxville Interscholastic League Coach of the Year awards while at West and is a former President of the State and Knoxville area Cross Country Coaches associations.
At Tennessee Wesleyan Roberts will deal primarily with Sprints, Hurdles and strength training.
Coach Roberts is married to Tammy Roberts (32 years), has two children, Haley (27) and Haden (21) and a grandson, Copeland (3).