February 11, 2015

NDSU Adds Gooris to Bison Track & Field Coaching Staff

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State University women's and men's track & field programs announced the hiring of former NCAA All-American Daniel Gooris as an assistant coach on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Gooris served as an assistant coach at Western Illinois University for the 2013-14 season and has been a volunteer assistant at Columbus State University in Georgia this year. In his brief coaching career, Gooris has directed athletes in the sprints, jumps, hurdles, pole vault, javelin and multi-events.

"We are excited to welcome Daniel and his wife Krista to the Bison family," said NDSU head women's track & field coachStevie Keller. "Daniel brings a great deal of knowledge and passion for the sport of track & field that will help the Bison become stronger at the conference, regional and national levels. His experience as a decathlete has been impressive and gives him the opportunity to coach a number of events." 29057

Gooris competed in college for the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned four All-America honors as one of the top multi-event athletes and pole vaulters in school history. He was a three-time All-American in the multi-events and a seven-time Missouri Valley Conference champion.

A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Gooris has been one of the top multi-event athletes in the U.S. in his post-collegiate career. He placed third in the heptathlon at the 2014 USATF Indoor Championships and eighth in the decathlon at the USATF Outdoor Championships in 2013. Gooris represented Team USA in the Thorpe Cup decathlon in 2013, earning a fourth-place finish.

"I am very excited to be a part of NDSU track & field," Gooris said. "The program has a history of excellence on and off the track, and I am proud to say I am now a Bison. My wife and I are looking forward to the move to Fargo and joining the NDSU family."

Gooris graduated from UNI in 2013 with a major in exercise science and a minor in psychology.

The NDSU women have won 14 straight Summit League team titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons, and the Bison men have won five straight outdoor team titles.

Summit League Baseball Preview by Perfect Game

Photo by Inertia Sports Media
Below is the predicted order of finish and preseason all-league team as selected by Perfect Game for its Summit League preview.

Predicted Order of Finish

Overall/conference win-loss records from 2014 indicated | * Denotes projected conference automatic bid

No. Team W L W L
1 Nebraska-Omaha* 31 20 15 9
2 Oral Roberts 30 26 15 15
3 South Dakota State 28 29 11 11
4 North Dakota State 25 26 10 12
5 Western Illinois 21 32 11 13
6 Fort Wayne 19 36 11 13

Preseason All-League Team

Pos. Name Class School Stats/Notes
C J.J. Reimer Sr. Western Illinois .319-1-12; solid defender with bat speed
1B Matt Johnson So. South Dakota State .284-1-23; high upside hitter
MIF Clayton Taylor Jr. Nebraska-Omaha .342-9-48; power to all fields
MIF Matt Brandy Sr. Oral Roberts .277-3-36; blossoming power bat
3B Rolando Martinez Jr. Oral Roberts Potential impact transfer from Bakersfield College
OF Daniel Jewett Sr. Nebraska-Omaha .333-1-29; disciplined hitter
OF Cole Gruber Jr. Nebraska-Omaha .319-1-18; game changer on the bases, 34 SB
OF Evan VanSumeren Jr. Fort Wayne .370-0-4; good athlete, hits to all fields
DH Greg Kaiser Jr. Fort Wayne .289-8-38; big power to all fields
UT Alex Schultz Jr. Nebraska-Omaha .302-1-23; speed and athleticism
SP Tyler Fox Jr. Nebraska-Omaha 2.29, 78.2 IP, 57:17; plus command
SP Parker Trewin Sr. North Dakota State 2.57, 77 IP, 68:28; .225 BAA
SP Guillermo Trujillo Jr. Oral Roberts 3.11, 81 IP, 63:25; 90-94 FB, plus stuff
SP Adam Bray Sr. South Dakota State 2.80, 103 IP, 95:17; plus command
RP J.D. Moore Sr. South Dakota State 3.07, 29.1 IP, 27:23; swing and miss stuff

Player of the Year: Clayton Taylor, 2B, Nebraska-Omaha
Pitcher of the Year: Guillermo Trujillo, RHP, Oral Roberts
Freshman of the Year: Nick Roark, SS, Oral Roberts