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GSU Athletics launches men’s and women's track programs: Names John Niendorf head coach

John Niendorf and Tony Bates

Governors State University (GSU) Athletic Director Tony Bates announces the addition of the Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track programs competing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Team competition will begin in the 2023-2024 season.

John Niendorf, GSU Head Men's and Women's Cross-Country Coach, has been named Head Coach of the indoor and outdoor track program for the Jaguars.

"Coach John has done such a wonderful job with the Women's and Men's Cross-Country team that it was seamless for me to make him in charge of Men's and Women's Track and Field team as well. He has a passion that makes Student-Athletes want to run for him. I'm excited to watch the new team go!” said Bates.   

Niendorf is excited about this new role. “I am so grateful for the athletic department here at GSU for putting their confidence in me to start this track program. There is so much potential here at GSU for track and field and I can't wait to begin building it over the coming years. The plan that the athletic department has brought in to expand athletics is going to serve GSU immensely for years to come.”

GSU is a full member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). GSU is compliant with the mission, rules and regulations in conjunction with the NAIA. GSU competes in nine varsity sports in 2022-2023 and will be up to 12 varsity sports adding M/W track and later women’s bowling for 2023-2024. GSU Athletics varsity sports include men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's golf, women's golf, men's soccer, and women's soccer. Additionally, GSU added four varsity reserve sports in men's basketball, women's basketball, men's soccer, and women's soccer. 

GSU is also a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference (CCAC). 

Also new for 2023, GSU Athletics launched a new website in March 2023, The site now features videos, and the Jaguar TV - You Tube Channel highlighting all the outstanding GSU Digital Learning and Media Design (DLMD) live stream sporting event videos.