Brett Halvaks is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women's cross country and track and field teams. In the spring, he will work with the distance runners.
In Halvaks’ first three season coaching at Cal Lutheran, he has led track and field athletes to school records in the men’s 3000m and women’s 5000m as well as coaching Melissa Skiba to the national title in the 5000m at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He has coach eighteen student athletes and relay teams to Top-10 marks on the CLU All Time Records List. The cross country team has been USTFCCCA All Academic Team every year under Coach Halvaks.
Prior to joining Cal Lutheran this fall, Halvaks coached at Chapman University where he focused primarily on cross country and distance events for track and field. In his two seasons at Chapman, Halvaks coached two All-SCIAC runners in cross country, two All-West Regional runners in cross country and helped coach the cross country and track and field programs to five school records in distance based events.
Halvaks graduated from Cal Lutheran in 2011 with a degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Pedagogy. Halvaks also received a teaching credential in Physical Education in 2012 from CLU. Halvaks is a USA Track and Field (USATF) level one certified coach.
As a Kingsmen, Halvaks was named to the SCIAC All-Academic Cross Country team in 2011 and served on the NCAA Division III Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 2010-2013. He was SAAC president for the SCIAC (2010-11) and at Cal Lutheran (2010-12). While at CLU, he was a four-year member of the cross country and track and field teams.