Ron Grigg Named Head Track and Field Coach

Aug. 1, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ron Grigg has been named head track and field coach at Jacksonville University, athletic director Hugh Durham announced today. Grigg succeeds Becky Motley, who has retired after 16 years at JU, including the last 10 as head track and field coach and the first six as head cross country coach. Grigg returned to JU last season as associate head coach after an 18-month stint as an assistant coach at Kansas State.

"It is both an honor and a challenge to follow in Coach Motley's footsteps," said Grigg. "Her compassion for the well-being of the student-athlete is to be admired. I can only hope to continue with the tradition she has established and we will continue to create an environment that is conducive to academic and athletic success."

During her career, Motley's programs produced the school's first national champion and three-time All-American, Monique Tubbs, two All-Americans and numerous all-conference selections. Motley built the JU track and field program from the ground up, spearheading efforts to allow scholarships for women and to build new facilities.

Grigg originally came to JU in July 1998 and was responsible for recruiting Tubbs, a three-time All-American and the 2001 60-meter national champion. Grigg also helped the men's team (the program was dropped in 2001) finish second in the Atlantic Sun Conference and the women's team third in 1999. Under his tutelage, Tamsin Anstey set the conference record en route to the 400-meter hurdles title, while Lysa Lee won the long jump on the women's side and Marcus Bodah and Drew Domoto won conference championships on the men's side.

"Ron has proven himself as a quality coach and an excellent leader," said Durham. "His relentless work ethic and ability to communicate with the student-athlete will make him an excellent head coach."

While at Kansas State, Grigg served as the team's recruiting coordinator, sprints and hurdles coach and assistant meet director. He also served as a speed consultant to the Wildcat strength and conditioning program as well as the KSU football team and coached 100-meter All-American and Big 12 champion Terrance Newman.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville in 1998, Grigg was an assistant coach at Division III power Wheaton (Mass.) College. Under Grigg's tutelage, nine Wheaton athletes earned a total of 21 All-America honors, while capturing two individual NCAA championships and two national titles in the 4x400-meter relay. In addition, the 1997 men's team finished seventh in the nation and the women's squad finished as NCAA runners-up in both indoors and outdoors in 1998.

Grigg began his coaching career at Carver High School in Baltimore, Md., in 1994 where he served as the head cross country and track and field coach for one year before assuming an assistant coaching position at Coppin State College in 1995-96. Grigg earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 1993. He holds USATF Level 2 coaching certifications in sprints, hurdles, jumps, throws and multi-events, and is a certified Level 1 instructor.