Ron Grigg Named Associate Track And Field Coach

Aug. 2, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ron Grigg has been named associate head track and field coach at JU, head coach Becky Motley announced today.

Grigg, who will be responsible for coaching sprints, hurdles and jumps, begins his second stint at JU after an 18-month stint as an assistant coach at Kansas State where he coached 100-meter All-American Terrance Newman. Grigg originally came to JU in July 1998 and was responsible for recruiting two-time All-American and 2001 60-meter indoor national champion Monique Tubbs and nationally qualifying heptathlete Andrea Pressley.

"Coming back to JU is a great opportunity," Grigg said. "The team has had success in the recent past and we hope to take it to next level in the next few seasons. I'm excited to be reunited with my first recruiting class, and am looking forward to continuing a trend of championship track and field at Jacksonville University."

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 as well as the KSU football team which finished 11-3 and defeated Tennessee, 35-21, in the 2001 Cotton Bowl.

During his first stint at JU, Grigg helped the men's team finish second in the Trans America Athletic Conference (now renamed the Atlantic Sun Conference) as the women's team finished third. In 1998, Tamsin Anstey set the league record en route to the 400-meter hurdles title, Lysa Lee won the long jump on the women's side while Marcus Bodah won the 200-meter dash and Drew Domoto clinched the 110-meter hurdles in the men's competition.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville in 1998, Grigg was an assistant coach at Division III power Wheaton College where he helped the team tally 28 NCAA qualifying marks from 1996 through 1998. Under Grigg's tutelage, nine Wheaton athletes earned All-America honors and two won individual NCAA championships. Three relay teams also earned All-America honors, including championship squads in 1997 and 1998. In addition, the 1997 men's team finished seventh in the nation, and the women's squad finished NCAA runners-up in 1997 and 1998.

Grigg began his coaching career at Carver High School 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.