Kevin Kredens, who started the women's cross country program at Governors State, begins his third season as head coach with the Jaguars. He was named to the post on November 1, 2014.
In 2016, Kredens recruited the most successful runner in program history with the arrival of Stephanie Clarkson, who became the first GSU student-athlete to compete in postseason competition when she placed 155th at the 37th Annual NAIA National Championship. Clarkson, who set school records in the 5K and 6K, also became the first Jaguar athlete to win an individual race and earn All-CCAC honors. Kredens added seven recruits to the 2016 squad, which registered a team score in all six meets.
In his first season at University Park, Kredens assembled a team that competed in six meets despite the availability of just three runners.
In 14 years as an assistant girls track and field coach at Rich East, Kredens was part of a staff that won two conference championships, six individual or relay sectional champions, nine individual conference champions and more than two dozen state qualifiers, including shot put and disc.
Kredens spent seven years as the head cross country coach at Rich East High School, sending two runners to the IHSA State Championship, the first Rockets to qualify for state in 20 years. He also mentored a conference champion, a regional runner-up and two all-sectional runners. In addition, Kredens served 14 years as an assistant boys and girls cross country coach, helping produce several conference champions and all-regional runners.
Kredens has six former runners who are currently serving or have served in the military and more than 20 former student-athletes who are either active or past competitors at the collegiate level in the NAIA, NCAA or NJCAA ranks.
Kredens also coached cross country and track and field at the high school level for five years in Colorado.
The Blue Island, Illinois native earned two degrees from the University of Northern Colorado – a bachelor's in history/secondary education (1990) and a master's in physical education/sports administration (1991).
A one-time avid and competitive runner, Kredens has competed in nearly 800 races, ranging from 5Ks on up to half-marathons, 30k and 60k relay races. He is a USATF Level I certified coach and resides in Park Forest.
Alex Moore enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Governors State women's and men's cross country programs. He was named to his post on July 1, 2017.
Moore previously spent five seasons (2011-15) as head coach for the women's and men's cross country teams at Prairie State College. At PSC, Moore produced nine NJCAA All-Region IV selections and eight All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Team honorees.
A native of Calumet City, Illinois, Moore ran cross country at Rich South High School and later attended Olivet Nazarene University. With the ONU Tigers, Moore was part of a CCAC and NAIA Regional championship team and competed at the NAIA National Championships.
Moore transferred to Buena Vista University, where he competed in cross country and track and field.
He received a bachelor's degree in sports and exercise from Buena Vista and a master's in psychology from the University of the Rockies.
Beth Maschmeyer enters her second season as an assistant coach with the women’s and men’s cross country teams at Governors State University.
Working alongside head coach Kevin Kredens, Maschmeyer assisted with practices, meet preparations and race day logistics during the 2016 season. She helped with the workouts and development of 17 runners and witnessed the emergence of Stephanie Clarkson, who earned All-CCAC honors and qualified for the NAIA National Championship.
A native of Frankfort, Illinois, Maschmeyer began running in the sixth grade and competed for three seasons at Lincoln-Way North High School. She moved on to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin and spent four seasons (2011-14) with the cross country program. She recorded a 6K PR of 25:00 with the LumberJills and twice achieved Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) All-Academic Team honors.
Maschmeyer earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Northland (2015) and is working towards a master’s in analytical chemistry from Governors State.