Baker track coach dies

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Baker University’s cross-country and track coach has died.

University spokesman Steve Rottinghaus said Wednesday that Zach Kindler died Monday night. The cause of death hasn’t been confirmed. The university says in a release Kindler died after a “medical emergency.” He was 35.

Theresa Yetmar, Baker’s director of athletics, said in the release the university is “absolutely devastated” by Kindler’s death.

The Kansas City Star reports Kindler oversaw the men’s and women’s cross-country teams, as well as its indoor and outdoor track programs. His teams won 17 Heart of America Athletic Conference championships.

Kindler, a native of Esbon, Kansas, is survived by his wife, Sara, and three children.

Baker, located in Baldwin City, has about 930 students.


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