Leading the Charge

    The track and field head coach is seizing the chance to bring about positive change and continue inspiring student-athletes

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    ART U Track and Field Head Coach Kevin LaSure. Photo courtesy of ART U Athletics.

    At the top of 2018, Academy of Art University’s Track and Field Head Coach Kevin LaSure was named president of the NCAA Division II Track & Field Executive Committee by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

    In this role, LaSure explained, he is the acting voice and sounding board for the fellow coaches and student-athletes for the various conferences within the division, including the California Collegiate Athletic Association and Mountain East Conference. 

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    The Thell-Lenntorp Twins: A Great Team on and off the Tennis Court

    Twins @ ITA West Region Championship 2017

    Academy of Art University artist-athletes Alma Thell-Lenntorp and Klara Thell-Lenntorp.

    There’s no secret formula or strategy or regime to Alma and Klara Thell-Lenntorp’s success on the tennis court. Throw out all traditional norms of “hard work” and “discipline,” “practice” and “perseverance.” Their secret? Twin telekinesis.

    “Sometimes, it feels like we’re talking with the mind,” Alma – “The older one,” – jokes when we meet at a coffee shop near Academy of Art University’s 79 New Montgomery building. Klara – “The taller one,” – is in on the quirk, but just grins.

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    Ajomale named DII Track Athlete of the Year

    Earlier this month, the redshirt sophomore defended his 60m title at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships

    After earning West Region Track Athlete of the Year award, then National Championships in both the 60m and 200m at Indoor Nationals on March 11, Mobolade Ajomale became the first male athlete in program history to be named NCAA Division II Indoor Men’s Track Athlete of the Year after an announcement by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on March 14. 

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    Men's Cross Country Takes 11th at NCAA Nationals

    MXC - Team @ Nationals (photo by Jennifer Tavé)

    Men’s cross country team at NCAA Nationals. Photo by Jennifer Tavé.

    In a fitting end to the best men’s cross country season in Academy of Art University history, the Urban Knights finished 11th overall, the highest ever by a Pacific West Conference team and four spots ahead of their projection, at the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championships on Nov. 19.

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    Mobolade Ajomale, Team Canada 4x100 Take Bronze in Rio Olympics


    Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale was awarded a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Courtesy of ART U Athletics.

    Ajomale helped his team secure a place in the finals, with the third fastest time in Canadian history

    In the final event on the penultimate night of track & field action at the 2016 Olympic Games on August 19, Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale and Team Canada earned bronze medals following an inspired performance in the 4x100m relay.

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    Hello, Urban Knights!


    Academy of Art University Director of Athletics Ben Jay. Photo by James Wood.

    Welcome Academy of Art University students to the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester!

    For new students, it’s the beginning of your journey at the Academy, and for continuing students, welcome back as you pursue your craft with passion and enthusiasm. You are all now and forever will be the Academy’s Urban Knights!

    I am the new Director of Athletics at the Academy. I come to the Academy with 26 years of college athletics experience at Fairfield University, the Pacific-10 (now Pac-12) Conference, Ohio State University, and most recently, the University of Hawaii. I am very excited to come back to San Francisco to lead ART U Athletics.

    The Academy is a very unique educational institution. Out of 1,281 institutions, we are the only art school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). n II intercollegiate sport teams and 225 ART U student-athletes.

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