Dakota Wesleyan University has appointed an interim coach to lead the school's cross country and track and field programs, Athletic Director Jon Hart announced July 24, selecting Chris Aschemann to the position for 2021-22.

"Chris has been a staple in our program for the last three years and has a strong relationship with our current student athletes," Hart said in an announcement. "He has the ability to lead this program for the near and distant future."

Aschemann replaces Jamen Helton, who was the track and field/cross country director for three years and took a job as an assistant coach for track and cross country at the University of Cumberlands in Kentucky, an NAIA institution.

Aschemann has served as the associate head track and field coach at Dakota Wesleyan over the past two seasons, focusing his skillset with the DWU men's and women's throwers. With the Tigers, he has coached four all-Great Plains Athletic Conference throwers, including NAIA All-American Caden Milmine, who placed fifth in the shot put at the 2021 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Prior to his arrival at DWU, the Carterville, Ill., native functioned as a track and field graduate assistant for Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., before transitioning to Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky., where he coached the throwing events.

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"I am very excited for the opportunity to step into this role and continue the enduring success of both programs," Aschemann said. "I am ready to get to work and want to personally thank Jon and the administration for trusting me with this opportunity to serve as the interim director of cross country and track and field."

In college, Aschemann played football and was a track and field athlete for Olivet Nazarene University located in Bourbonnais, Ill. He was named to the MSFA All-Conference Team in football while earning a pair of conference championships in the hammer throw and All-American status in the discus.