MARQUETTE, Mich. -The Northern Michigan University Wildcat Club invites all current and potential club members to the inaugural “Meet the Coaches” event. It will take place Thursday, Sept. 9, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the downtown Marquette Commons located at 112 South Third Street in Marquette.
All available NMU Wildcat Coaches will be in attendance and it will be a great opportunity for the public to interact with all coaches and meet the newly added ones. Hotdogs and refreshments (beer, wine, and soda) will be served and there will also be live music and interviews by 100.3 The Point. The event is sponsored by 100.3 The Point and Econo Foods.
NMU Athletic Director, Ken Godfrey, said “the event is being offered for the community and coaches to connect to one another.” Godfrey adds that “we have passionate fans in the Marquette area, and we are looking forward to having them meet the newest additions to our coaching staffs.”
Newer staff additions include:
Heidi Voigt – Head Coach, Swimming and Diving
Voigt spent the past two seasons (2008-10) as an assistant coach at New Mexico State working with the distance freestyle group, arranging team travel and handling administration duties.
Voigt looks forward to the challenge of turning the NMU program around. “I am very excited about taking the helm of the NMU swimming and diving program,” said Voigt. “I believe we can turn this program around and look for great accomplishments from them in the next few years. We have some rebuilding and recruiting to do, but I am ready and motivated.”
“We are extremely happy and excited to have Heidi take over the swimming and diving program,” said Godfrey. “She has some rebuilding to do, but I feel confident she can get the job done.”
She graduated from the University of Washington in 1996, with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, where she was a team captain. While swimming for the Huskies, Voigt was voted the Most Inspirational Swimmer for three consecutive years. Voigt later went on to earn a master’s degree in health and kinesiology from Wyoming in 2005.
Doug Lewis – Head Coach, Men’s Basketball
Lewis came to NMU from Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio), an NCAA Division II independent school, where he has been with the men’s basketball program since 1998, including the past seven as head coach.
Athletic Director Ken Godfrey cites, “Doug’s high-energy approach to taking Wildcat men’s basketball to the level where we want it to be, as well as his excellent coaching and recruiting records, and his success with athletes in the classroom and community make him a great fit for NMU. His infectious enthusiasm will win over a lot of people. He is a great addition to the Wildcat coaching staff.”
Prior to CSU, Lewis was the assistant coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1993-98. The 1996-97 freshman class he played a primary role in attracting to UW-Milwaukee was voted “best recruiting class” in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. He was also an assistant at Washington High School (Milwaukee) in 1992-93 when that prep team won the Wisconsin Division I state title and also the Milwaukee City Conference crown.
Lewis played at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State University) from 1987-89 and Mesa (Ariz.) Community College where he was all-conference and all-region in 1986 and 1987.
Malcolm Fields – Asst. Coach, Men’s Basketball
Malcolm Fields enters his first season as an assistant coach on the men's basketball staff at Northern Michigan University. He was a volunteer assistant under Doug Lewis at Central State University during the 2009-10 season. Fields played at Central State University where he was a two-time honorable mention NAIA Division I All-American selection.
Fields was among the leaders in NAIA Division I during the 2002-03 season in free throw percentage (84.9) and scoring (19.3). He received the Central State University Athletics President Award for being active in the community (2003). He was named the Central State Male Athlete of the Year in 2003.
After his collegiate playing career ended he played professionally in the International Basketball League and in the National Developmental League.
Fields graduated from Central State in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in sociology.
Joe Shawhan – Asst. Coach, Ice Hockey
Shawhan has moved from the position of hockey operations to full-time assistant coach for the 2010-11 year. “He is a proven coach not only in NCAA Division I hockey but was successful at levels we recruit. His knowledge of hockey and his work with the goaltenders will benefit the program,” said NMU head hockey coach Walt Kyle.
Shawhan served as an assistant coach at Lake Superior State for three seasons (2005-08). With the Lakers the team earned consecutive home-ice playoff berths and a trip to the CCHA Championships in Detroit for the first time since 1996.
Rob Boss – Asst. Coach, Football
Boss enters his first season as a full-time coach on the NMU staff after spending the 2009 season as a student-assistant. He spent the last season coaching the defensive line.
Boss was a four-year letter winner (2002-05) at NMU playing both on the offensive and defensive lines. Named NMU defensive linemen of the year and honorable mention all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as a junior in 2004, while recording 64 tackles. Boss was voted second–team all-GLIAC as an offensive lineman his senior year (2005) and was a three-time GLIAC all-academic team selection. After his career playing for the ‘Cats he went on to play in the Arena Football League.
“It is always great to have the ability to hire qualified NMU alumni who has played the game. He has solid character as a coach and he will get the most out of his players,” said Bernie Anderson, NMU head football coach.
Chris Ostrowsky – Offensive Coordinator, Football
Ostrowsky brings 15 years of coaching experience to NMU. His most recent position was at NCAA Division I Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. for three seasons (2007-09). With the Huskies he was the quarterbacks coach, recruiting coordinator and passing game coordinator. He led freshmen quarterback Matt Carroll to a 65 percent pass completion ratio which was third highest in school history (2009).
“We are very fortunate to have Chris with us and his experience at every level. He brings in a very modern style offense and wide open with multiple formations. His knowledge at the quarterback position is what fits our needs,” said Anderson.
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Story by Alex Eisner