Sarah Oprondek enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Denison track and field and her first as an assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country teams in 2019-20.
Oprondek came to Denison from NCAA Division II Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri where she was a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs’ track and field and cross country programs from 2016-18. During her time at Truman State, the men’s and women’s cross country teams set program-best finishes at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Cross Country Championships in 2017, with the women placing fourth out of 12 teams and the men finishing fifth overall.
Across both sports, Oprondek coached the Bulldogs to nine GLVC All-Conference honors and four USTFCCCA All-Academic teams during the 2016-17 seasons (men’s and women’s cross country and track and field).
Before her time at Truman State, Oprondek was three-year captain for the women’s track and field team at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. As a member of the Eagles track and field team, Oprondek was a three-time All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference selection in javelin (Outdoor – 2016) and pole vault (Outdoor – 2015; Indoor – 2014) while also earning All-NACC honorable mention recognition on four different occasions in her career (Outdoor – 2013, 2016; Indoor – 2014, 2016).
Besides her coaching experience at the collegiate level, Oprondek also volunteered for her alma mater Prairie Central High School as an assistant coach for track and field (2012-15) and girls’ basketball (2012-17). She has also worked as an athletics site supervisor for USA Baseball tournaments at the Champaign Park District in Champaign, Illinois.
A native of Fairbury, Illinois, Oprondek received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Studies from Benedictine University in May 2016 before earning her master’s in leadership from Truman State in the spring of 2018. Oprondek resides in nearby Heath, Ohio.