Jason is in his 1st year as head men’s and women’s coach of track and field at Southwestern Oregon. Prior to arriving in Coos Bay, he was the head coach for the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch from 2011-2018, taking the NWAC men’s and women’s team championships in his first year. The Spokane women have won the past 4 team titles since 2015 under his leadership and the men finished 2nd from 2013-2018. In 2013, the Spokane men’s team included five of the top 10 scorers in the conference championship meet. He has been honored as NWAC Coach of the Year six times in 7 seasons as the Sasquatch head coach and now brings his experience to the Lakers.
From 2002 to 2011, he was the lead assistant coach under Larry Beatty, primarily as the CCS jumps coach, also assisting with multi-events and sprints. In those 9 seasons, the Sasquatch won an unprecedented 16 team championships for men’s and women’s track and field. Spokane boasted 24 NWAC champions and 53 junior college All-Americans in the jumps and multi-events during Jason’s time as an assistant coach. Since becoming the head coach in Spokane he has coached a total of 29 individual conference champions and 84 All-Americans.
Ten men have made the Top 20 list at Spokane in the jump events during his tenure including the triple jump record by Rashad Toussaint (51’ 6¼”—2006), and eight men in Decathlon. Sixteen women jumped onto the Top 20 list in jumps, including Chanel James’ triple jump record (39’ 7¾”—2010), and thirteen in the Heptathlon.
From 2000 to 2002, Jason was a graduate assistant at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, MN, where he coached the sprints, jumps, and hurdles while working on a master’s degree in sports management. At the 2002 Minnesota Intercollegiate Indoor Championships his female high jumpers placed first and second. That spring, his indoor champion, Lindsey Weis, won the outdoor championship as well. Jason also coached the 2002 Gustavus men’s 4 x 100m relay team to a 3rd place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Prior to his move to Minnesota, Jason was the sprints, jumps, and hurdles coach at the University of Portland from 1995 to 2000 where Carrie Boyum set the 400 meter school record (55.57—1998), which she holds to this day.
During his college days, Jason competed in the sprints and high jump. He earned a varsity letter award as a freshman at the University of Portland. That next year Jason transferred to Western Oregon State College (WOU) and was a two-time NAIA All-American in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a 4th place 1993 finish and 6th place 1994 finish at the NAIA National Championships. The 1993 team set the school record of 41.40 which stood for 6 years.
Jason is an Oregon native, growing up in Salem (McNary High School), and competing in football, basketball, wrestling, and track & field. He is married to Melissa, marketing coordinator for a nationwide computer software company, since July 2015. They have one dog, Piggy, and one cat, Vega. They enjoy hiking, camping, the Pacific Ocean (were married just south of Newport, OR), and Mexican food.