A 2001 Northwestern graduate, Bahrke has spent the last five years as the head boys' track and field coach and business teacher at Kingsley-Pierson High School. He also has served as the head boys' cross country coach the last two years.
Prior to his stint at Kingsley-Pierson, Bahrke was the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Iowa Falls-Alden High School for seven years. His teams have qualified at least one athlete for the state meet each year since 2002.
"We are very excited to have Scott join our staff as the head of our track and field and cross country programs," commented Northwestern Athletic Director Barry Brandt. "Scott has a real passion for these two sports and an even bigger passion for the opportunity to positively impact the lives of young people. He is a high-quality person who has excelled as a coach. Scott is an excellent teacher and motivator, and I am confident he will continue to develop our programs at a high level."
"I am very excited to be a part of the Northwestern track and field and cross country programs," commented Bahrke. "They have been very successful the last several years, and I am looking forward to coaching these talented athletes during the upcoming years."
Bahrke was a three-time All-American and national qualifier for the Red Raiders during the 2000-01 seasons. He received the outstanding business student award in 2001.
"I am blessed to be working with a knowledgeable coaching staff. God has blessed my family in allowing me to take this position, and we are excited to see how I can be used at Northwestern."
Bahrke, and his wife, Lyndsay, a 2003 NWC graduate who serves as a nurse at Orange City Medical Clinic, have three children, Payge (6), Olyvia (4) and Isaac (9 months).