Winter Media Guide Student Profile: Josh Wilks
Josh Wilks is an accomplished indoor and outdoor track and field athlete at Seton Hill University who thrives on competition.
Wilks, who hails from Geneva, Ohio, has been competing in track and field since his days as a high school student.
“In high school, I participated in other sports such as football, basketball, and swimming, but my favorite sport has always been running, whether it was indoors or outdoors,” Wilks said.
Wilks admitted that while attending high school in Ohio he explored the possibility of attending other schools, but, in the end, was glad that Seton Hill University was his final choice.
“I’ve made friends here and have enjoyed the environment which exists on campus, the emphasis is on academics here,” he said.
Wilks, a senior, majors in secondary mathematics and carries a 3.9 GPA. He takes great pride in maintaining a high standard in the classroom at Seton Hill University.
Wilks is a four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track and field squad at the University. He is thankful for the opportunity to be a scholarship athlete at Seton Hill University and enjoys competing against track and field teams in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Throughout his career as a track and field athlete at Seton Hill University, Wilks has worked under the guidance of coaches Tim Creamer and Joe Sarver. Wilks says that Creamer and Sarver have made a definite impact on his steady progression as a track and field athlete. “I have been quite fortunate to have received some excellent coaching here at Seton Hill which has helped me to become a better track and field athlete, coaches who care really mean a lot,” said Wilks.
While his primary objective is to become a secondary mathematics teacher upon graduation, Wilks also would like to explore the possibility of becoming a track and field coach at a high school or a position as a graduate assistant coach at the collegiate level. Wilks said that he has always enjoyed working with young people and teaching what he knows about track and field.
Wilks would very much like to take a shot in participating in the U.S. Olympic Trials with the hope of making it to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. “Making it all the way to the Olympic Games will be difficult, but I’d like to take a shot at it,” Wilks said.