Head Coach Donna Ricks
Office: Recreation Center 232
Donna Ricks, professor of physical education, athletics and recreation, enters her 21st season as head women’s track and field and cross country coach at Carleton.
Ricks came to Northfield after six years as cross country and track and field coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she earned a B.S. degree and an M.A. degree in athletic administration. In the past 20 years, she has guided the Knights to strong MIAC finishes, as she’s coached three national champions. Aminah Ricks ’94 captured the 100-meter national title in 1994, Sandra Helquist ’00 raced to victory in the 400 hurdles at the 1999 NCAA Division III Championships, and Kelly Lovett ’11 won the crown for the javelin in 2011.
Ricks has coached numerous All-Americans in her time at Carleton. Most recently Lovett collected three All-America citations and Simone Childs-Walker '12 accumulated 10 more on the track. In 2004, Kristi Colbenson ’05 earned All-America honors in the heptathlon. In 2003, Laura Bloedorn '03 (10,000 meters), Kim Davis '03 (heptathlon) and Kristi Colbenson ’05 (javelin) were All-Americans. Carrie Stuart ’02 was a three-time All-American in the 400-meter hurdles. Bloedorn also competed at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials after graduating from Carleton and was one of the youngest runners in the field.
Ricks was named MIAC Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1995 after guiding Carleton to a second-place conference finish, and is a three-time MIAC Coach of the Year in cross country, leading the Knights to the 2004 and 2005 team conference titles. She is also involved in national competition-she served as the U.S. National Women’s Heptathlon Coach in 1996.
As a student-athlete, Ricks was a cross country and track and field standout and All-American performer at MSU-Mankato. In honor of her accomplishments, Ricks’ alma mater inducted her into its Hall of Fame and named her the fifth-greatest female athlete to attend the school in the past century.
She resides in Northfield with husband, Dave, the head men's cross country and track and field coach at Carleton, and their daughter, Karissa.
Assistant Coach Laura Roach '10
Laura Roach returned to the Knights in August 2012 and serves as assistant coach with both the women’s cross country and track and field programs. She previously spent two years as an assistant coach at Hamline University.
Roach was a captain and four-year letter winner for the Knights in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. In cross country, she helped the Knights capture the 2009 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) crown and earned a trio of All-MIAC honors. She also ran three times at the NCAA Championships, improving her placement each instance and culminating with an All-American performance in 2009. On the track, she earned all-conference distinction four times and added All-MIAC honorable mention in eight additional events. Roach graduated with a major in biology and earned a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Minnesota.
Assistant Coach Bill Huyck