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Entering his seventh season, Beltran has helped oversee 25 all-BIG EAST performers and NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifiers between men's and women's shot put, discus, hammer throw and weight throw, and for the throw events in the men's heptathlon and decathlon and the women's pentathlon and heptathlon. Included in the 25 are six throwing champions and 15 multi-event all-BIG EAST performers. In 2013, Emily Morris (Shot Put) earned all-BIG EAST honors at the outdoor meet, while Ted Glasnow (Heptathlon, Decathlon) and Carly Loeffel (Pentathlon, Heptathlon) earned all-BIG EAST honors, with Glasnow taking home the decathlon crown, during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Loeffel went on to earn second team All-America accolades at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
A year earlier, senior Andrew Hills won the hammer throw at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship, while Andrew Brock (shot put) and Anthony Thomas (discus) earned all-BIG EAST accolades. During the indoor season, Maddie Buttinger (pentathlon) earned an all-BIG EAST citation before placing third and earning All-America accolades at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
2011 saw John Belcher win the hammer throw at the outdoor championships, while teammate Greg Davis finished third. Buttinger took second in the heptathlon on the women's side. During the indoor season, Davis finished second in the weight throw and Denes Veres took third in the shot put.
In 2010, four student-athletes earned all-BIG EAST honors under Beltran's watch, including a pair of throwers and two multi-event athletes. Denes Veres took home all-league accolades in the shot put at the indoor championship, while John Belcher took home the BIG EAST title in the hammer throw at the outdoor championship. In addition, Beltran's efforts helped multi-event athletes Justin Schneider and Maddie Buttinger earn all-BIG EAST accolades.
Schneider earned all-BIG EAST honors in the heptathlon, where he claimed first, and in the decathlon, where he finished second. Buttinger picked-up all-league honors at the outdoor championships and earned a 20th place finish at the NCAA Championships.
The 2009-10 season saw Beltran mentor Veres to all-BIG EAST honors in shot put, the fourth such honor of Veres' career. Greg Davis and Mitchell Gromley also received all-conference accolades in the hammer throws. All told, the Irish sent nine throwers (men's and women's) to NCAA regionals, while Veres, Jaclyn Espinoza and Elise Knutzen advanced to the NCAA Championships. It marked the fourth straight appearance at NCAAs for Espinoza, the first time a Notre Dame woman qualified for the season's final meet in program history. Knutzen became the first javelin thrower to advance to the championships, while Davis (weight throw), Atang (shot put) and Veres (shot put) all set school records. For his efforts, Beltran was named the Great Lakes Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
Beltran helped Espinoza earn an All-America honor in the discus with a third-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, as well as the BIG EAST outdoor meet. Jeff Mensch also became a BIG EAST champion in the hammer throw. Seven Irish throwers qualified for the NCAA regional meet, while six Notre Dame student-athletes earned all-BIG EAST honors during the 2008-09 season.
Beltran guided the Irish throwers to seven all-BIG EAST honors in 2008, including Brandon Drenon's first BIG EAST outdoor title in the discus. Six of Beltran's athletes qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regionals. Alyissa Hasan earned all-BIG EAST and All-America honors in the pentathlon. She also garnered all-conference honors for her heptathlon performance at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. Espinoza finished 25th in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Prior to joining the Notre Dame staff, Beltran was on the track and field staff at Saint Francis (Pa.) University where he worked with the Red Flash throwers and oversaw the program's recruiting efforts. Under his tutelage, 20 St. Francis student-athletes won Northeast Conference (NEC) titles in the men's and women's weight throw, javelin, hammer throw, discus and women's shot put.
During his tenure at St. Francis, Beltran watched 17 Red Flash throwing records fall in the men's and women's indoor shot put, discus, javelin, women's outdoor shot put and the men's hammer and weight throws. In 2007, Lisa Morse earned the Outstanding Field Performer award at the NEC Outdoor Championships, while Dian Gmiter went on to win the same award at the indoor league meet.
Before his stint at St. Francis, Beltran served as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He worked with throwers and coached athletes to Mid-Continent Conference titles in the shot put and the javelin. Nine of his athletes went on to break school track and field records under his watch.
A 1999 graduate of UMKC, the Austin, Texas native earned his bachelor of liberal arts degree with an emphasis in American studies and a minor in black studies/cultural anthropology. He has earned USA Track and Field Level I and Level II certifications.
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