BETHLEHEM, Pa. ~ Lehigh Athletics announced more coaching changes after a year-long study of the athletics coaching staff restructuring last summer. Khayla Atte ’05, who led the women’s track and field program in 2022-23, will coach the men’s team. Brooke Astor ’14 became director of student-athlete recruitment and development last summer. Astor becomes Associate Head Coach and Director of Operations for Lehigh Track & Field. Lehigh has invested in personnel, financial aid and facilities to improve its men’s and women’s cross country teams. Todd Etters ’02, who added the men’s track and field head coach last year, will continue to coach the men’s cross country team, while Deb Utesch will coach the women’s team. Etters and Utesch will help long distance and middle distance runners in track and field. “We think we have some of the best cross country coaches in our league; one of the best courses in the country; and that an increased commitment to scholarship can lead to greater competitive success within our league,” said Sue Troyan, Lehigh assistant director of athletics. They will train our cross-country runners on the trail, but cross-country support should be important. We are grateful for Todd’s contribution during a year of change for our track and field programs and for Deb’s role in providing the best experience for our female cross country competitors.
Lehigh’s cross country and track and field teams won all three double meets against Lafayette under the leadership of the previous year. Freshman Laura Reigle (pole vault) and senior Ian Scott (triple jump) won the Patriot League indoor and outdoor track and field titles. Lehigh freshman Abby Klebe (800 meters), sophomore Kevin Harvey (5000 meters) and the women’s 4×800 meter relay team also won Patriot League titles. Reigle, Scott and junior Liam Lovering (disc) advanced to the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla. “We had an extensive post-year review process, involving input from our student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators,” Troyan said. “In reviewing this feedback, our decisions have focused on the individual strengths that are unique to each of our coaches; how we can best support each of our programs with available and projected resources; how can we be more efficient and competitive with our results; educationally, developmentally and athletically; and most importantly, where each of our coaches can bring the best to our student-athletes as coaches, leaders and people. “Brooke’s expanded duties align quite well with her strong organizational skills and ability to execute effectively on multiple fronts,” Troyan said.
Atte spent his fourth season coaching Lehigh’s sprinters and hurdles. The former Khayla Lowe wrote for the Mountain Hawks from 2001-2005 and won a Patriot League indoor pentathlon title in 2004. Atte has been active off the track since returning to Lehigh. The Lehigh Athletics Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Anti-Racism Advisory Group includes Atte. She is a founding advisor to Lehigh Student-Athletes of Color and a member of the Patriot League’s Anti-Racism Committee. The Office of the Dean of Students named her the 2021 Club Advisor of the Year. work well with coaches from different event groups and genres,” Troyan said. “She is someone who values collaboration, shared and clearly defined expectations and standards, a commitment to the development process and a willingness to recruit effectively across a wide range of event groups. She also supports a program Astor completed her ninth season coaching multiple events, hurdles and jumps. Last year, Astor managed student-athlete recruitment, coordinated development activities with a focus on individual development and has cooperated with the head coaches on program principles, goals, objectives and priority planning She plans all organized team events and is the staff interface with departmental support services A 2014 Lehigh alumnus, was a seven-time Patriot conference champion and twice voted indoor athlete of the competition at the conference championships.