Coach Tony Natali enters his 14th season as the head coach of the Bethel College track and field program. Natali also serves as an assistant athletic director and assistant men's basketball coach for the Pilots. Prior to arriving at Bethel, Natali severed as the head track and field coach at Marian University for eight seasons.
Under his leadership, the Pilots track and field program has won eight MCC Championships and six NCCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
In addition to the Pilots' many team awards, Coach Natali has also mentored his student-athletes to numerous individual accomplishments including: two NAIA National Champions, 117 NCCAA Champions, 53 NAIA All-Americans, and 371 NCCAA All-Americans.
"I feel very blessed by what Christ has allowed us to do with our track program here at Bethel," said Coach Natali. "We are very intentional about putting Christ in the center of all we do. Our philosophy is simple – enjoy the journey, work as hard as we can to maximize the abilities God has give each one of us, and give Him the Glory for all that happens. We are far from perfect, but I do believe that we do a pretty good job of living these three main precepts of our track program here at Bethel."
On the basketball side, Coach Natali's responsibilities in addition to on court coaching and mentoring include: team transportation and travel, scouting, recruiting, and academic progress monitoring.
Coach Natali might be a great trivia question for the coaching archives. He has been a part of coaching staffs that have been in the NIT, NCAA, NAIA and NCCAA national finals. It would be hard to find anyone else in the country who can boast of that.
Tony and his wife Andrea have been married for 27 years and have two daughters: Cassie (20) who is a junior at Bethel and Hannah (16) a junior at Mishawaka High School.
Wilkerson is a 2004 Graduate of Aquinas College with three bachelor degrees in Business Administration, Accounting and Communication.
While competing for Aquinas College participated in six NAIA National Championships in both Cross Country and Track combined. Danny has earned his USATF Level 2 coaching certification in the Sprints, Jumps, Hurdles and Combined Events as well as other certifications in coaching and is part of the National Pole Vault Staff.
Wilkerson personally owns and operates a private athletic consulting company that works with the athletic development of high school, college and professional athletes in a variety of sporting events.
Danny has been involved with the Bethel College program for the past six years and while under his guidance he has had over 60 individual athletes compete at the NAIA Nationals in the sprints, hurdles and jumps while under his guidance as well as numerous individuals who competed on relay teams. Of those athletes, 19 earned NAIA All American status while one became a National Champion. On the NCCAA side, Wilkerson has guided 66 athletes to NCCAA All-American status of which 25 claimed the NCCAA National Champions since 2009.
Privately during his time working with high school athletes had trained over 30 athletes to All State honors, including 12 State Champs in the state of Michigan in both the sprints and jumps. On the Professional Track and Field side of things Wilkerson coached the 2010 US Outdoor and 2011 US Indoor National Champion in the pole vault Mark Hollis (18'10") taking him from 17'4" to 18'10". As well as 2011 top 20 World Ranked pole vaulter Mary Saxer (15'1"), taking her from 14'1" to 15'1".
Danny was honored with the title of USA High Performance National Pole Vault Coach of the year for 2010.
Wilkerson was born and raised in Marysville, Mich. and currently resides in South Bend, Ind. His parents still reside in the Marysville area. He has two sisters who are both married have two children that live in East Lansing, Mich. and Traverse City, Mich.