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Aaron Kindt
Aaron  Kindt

Position:
Cross Country/Assistant Track & Field

Alma Mater:
Florida, 2010

Aaron Kindt is in his third season as head cross country coach and assistant coach for the Southern Miss track & field programs.

Kindt has elevated the Golden Eagle cross country program into uncharted territory producing a school record three All-Conference Performers and leading the cross country team to its highest finish in school history at the Conference-USA Championships with a 4th overall team finish this past fall.

The Distance group would continue the momentum from the fall season into the spring, accumulating a number of All-Time Top 10 Performances, All-CUSA Performers and setting a new school record. Kindt help guide Junior stand-out Kristin Zarrella to several Top-5 All-Time performances in the 800m, running 2:11.98 (i) and 2:12.85 (o) and also shattering the school record in the indoor mile, running 4:49.98. Courtney Filliben & Kristin Zarrella led the squad indoors, collecting all-conference honors in the mile and 800m respectively. The DMR indoor team continued its excellent history under Kindt, finishing Top 5 at the CUSA Indoor Championships and recording the #3 All-Time performance at the Vanderbilt invite. The 2016 outdoor season wrapped a stellar year, with Courtney Filliben and Dana Dillistone running lifetime best at the C-USA Championships and finishing with All-CUSA honors.

In his first season, Kindt's athletes enjoyed substantial improvement in both the cross country and indoor & outdoor track seasons. Guiding Rebecca Ulrich to her first All-Conference performance in cross country and assembling a Women's Distance Medley Relay Team that achieved the #2 all-time mark in school history and bringing home the runner-up trophy at the C-USA Indoor Championships last spring. By the end of Kindt's first year with the Golden Eagles he had delivered the programs first ever Top 5 team finish at the Conference-USA Cross Country Championships, while his athletes would also go on to achieve 17 personal bests, 6 top 8 finishes & 3 Top 5 finishes at the C-USA Track Championships.

Prior to Southern Miss, Kindt served as assistant coach at the University of North Florida for two years. While at UNF, Kindt helped with the development of the women's A-Sun cross country runner up in 2012 and distance medley indoor relay champion in 2014 while assisting with the men's third place finish at the 2013 A-Sun Indoor Track Championship.

Kindt began his career at the University of Florida, serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the cross country and track programs from 2010-12. Kindt assisted with the training and development of the distance athletes.

The Orlando, Fla., native graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts in geography. As a Gator, Kindt was a four-year letterwinner with the cross country and track and field programs. Kindt ran a wide range of distance events, including the 10,000m, 5000m, 3000m and 1500m.

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