THURSDAY, JULY 01, 2010
Ron Grigg earns “Outstanding College Coach” honor from the Jacksonville Track Club
JU track & field head coach Ron Grigg has an another award to add to his crowded trophy shelf, receiving the “Outstanding College Coach” honor by the Jacksonville Track Club at its annual banquet on June 27th.
Grigg took home the honor after helping the Dolphins to their fifth straight Atlantic Sun Conference Championship sweep by setting point records at the indoor (212) and outdoor (247) meets, while also leading cross country team to their first conference title. With the three titles, the Dolphins became the first A-Sun school to win the Triple Crown.
JU also had six athletes qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, while Charlene Charles was one of two freshmen to earn a spot into the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships.
“I am grateful for the recognition from the Jacksonville Track Club,” said Grigg. “Coaches win awards when they are fortunate enough to have talented athletes, and support from assistant coaches and administrators. That is exactly what the track and field program at Jacksonville University has.”
Grigg, who will enter his 12 overall season at JU this fall, has helped the Dolphins track program win the A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships in each of the last five seasons – earning “Coach of the Year” in all 10 of those titles as well as receiving the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Women’s “Coach of the Year” in 2008.
Besides the four All-America honorees and the 17 NCAA Division I Championship qualifiers, Grigg has also coached 86 A-Sun Conference champions and 182 all-conference performers. School records have been set in 19 of 23 outdoor events and 19 out of 21 indoor track events during Grigg's tenure as assistant and head coach.