RICHMOND, Ind. - Adam Mengel, a Monaca, Pa., native with running and coaching
experience at the NCAA Division I level, has been appointed as the cross country
head coach and track and field assistant coach at Indiana University East.
IU East Director of Athletics Joe Griffin announced the appointment April 4.
Mengel most recently served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach
at Duquesne University, an NCAA Division I program in Pittsburgh. Mengel previously
was part of the cross country and track and field coaching staff at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania (no connection to the IU campuses in Indiana).
Mengel competed in cross country and track and field at NCAA Division I Saint
Francis University (Pa.), where he was acquainted with current IU East track and
field head coach Gus Schmader. Mengel's specialty was the steeplechase.
Mengel assisted in the training of athletes who won conference championships and
qualified for the NCAA regional meet while at Duquesne. He assisted in the training
of two Indiana University Pennsylvania women's teams that qualified for the NCAA
Division II meet as well as a men's individual national qualifier, plus conference
champion individuals.
Mengel earned a bachelor's degree in biology with minors in math and chemistry at
Saint Francis.
IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolf cross country and track and field programs
have been represented at the NAIA national meet eight times in 10 years of NAIA

"Adam is a hard-working and conscientious coach who will relate well to his
athletes. Our athletes here at Duquesne are happy for Adam's new job, but definitely
saddened to lose him. You have a great new coach and a great person at IU East!" -
James Lear, Duquesne University cross country coach
"I am excited and very happy for Adam about the coaching opportunity he has received
at IU East. Adam has never given up on his goal of becoming a cross country and
track coach at the college level. He has sacrificed a lot to reach this point and
given his best to two different universities in a volunteer capacity over the past
five or so years. IU East is getting a young, energetic coach whose knowledge of the
sport and enthusiasm for recruiting and working with student-athletes will greatly
benefit your cross country and track and field program in the years ahead." - Joey
Zins, Indiana University (Pa.) cross country coach
"I'm very excited to have Adam as our new head cross country and assistant track &
field coach. I believe that he has the tools to help propel us to being one of the
better programs in the conference. He has a good amount of experience with
high-level athletes and is eager to hit the ground running and start recruiting." -
Gus Schmader, IU East track and field coach
"I am excited about Adam joining our program. His multiple years involved at the
NCAA Division I level will really help build a cross program that has had a good
base to continue from. His coaches that he has worked with mentioned his work ethic
as being second to none, so I see those two attributes leading us to even more
successful seasons ahead." - Joe Griffin, IU East Director of Athletics