|Hometown:||Coon Rapids, Minn.|
Drew Jones, who joined UND’s coaching staff prior to the 2013-14 season, has guided UND's throwers through an annual ascension that has established his group as one of the best in the Upper Midwest.
UND's throwers were dominant in 2016, cementing 14 new additions to UND's All-Time Top 10 on the women's side and nine on the men's side. Those included new school indoor and outdoor shotput records by Alyssa Lueck and a new women's weight throw record by Molli Detloff.
Detloff went on to win a Big Sky Conference championship in the weight, while Jayd Eggert captured a conference title in the javelin. Female throwers scored 46 of UND's 85 team points, helping UND to a fourth-place finish at the Big Sky meet that was the best in the program's young Division I history.
In addition to the two conference champions, Jones also oversaw five other Big Sky medalists on the women's side, including a runner-up finish and four third-place performances.
In 2015, Jones' second season with the program, UND’s athletes enjoyed tremendous success in the field. On the women’s side, his student-athletes entered 17 new marks into the program’s all-time top-10 lists.
Three new school records were set, as senior Shawny Kramer snapped the record in the weight throw, and junior Jayd Eggert did the same in the javelin while also breaking the hammer record once. Freshman Molli Detloff had a very impressive collegiate debut under Jones’ tutelage, setting a new program-best mark in the hammer on three occasions.
UND’s men’s throwers saw seven of their marks crack the top-10 on the program’s all-time lists during the 2014-15 campaign, and two school records were broken there as well by senior Jakob Bissell. He bested the program records in both the weight and the hammer, breaking each three different times.
On both the men’s and women’s sides, UND’s throwers compiled six all-conference honors. Bissell was an All-Big Sky Conference honoree in both the hammer and the weight, while classmate Roman Waldera turned in an All-Big Sky performance in the discus. Freshman Michael Quesenberry secured all-conference honors in the shot put at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships.
For the women, Eggert captured All-Big Sky honors in the javelin, and Detloff took home all-conference honors in the hammer.
His first season in Grand Forks was a resounding success as well, as his student-athletes broke five different school records and totaled 35 new entries in UND’s men’s and women’s all-time top-10 lists.
Senior Jakob Bissell took down the school records in the weight and hammer throws, sophomore Ke-Ke Burks did the same on the women’s side, and classmate Molly Griep broke the school record in the shot put.
In all, 12 male student-athletes and 23 female student-athletes cracked UND’s all-time top-10 lists, including six new marks in the women’s hammer, five in the women’s weight, and four each in the women’s shot put and discus and men’s weight.
Jones came to North Dakota after five record-setting seasons as an assistant coach at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn. During his tenure, Jones mentored 15 Division III All-Americans, four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Field Athletes of the Year, and 21 individual MIAC champions. His throwers set four MIAC and seven school records over those five seasons.
In 2013, Jones coached the Division III national champion in the women’s discus and was later named the 2013 USTFCCCA Central Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Jones, who also served as an assistant strength coach for the past two years, oversaw the strength and conditioning plan for Hamline men’s and women’s track, while also serving as the program’s travel coordinator.
Prior to his time at Hamline, Jones was an assistant coach for one season (2007-08) at Concordia University in Saint Paul and helped the Golden Bears score points in the throws at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championship for the first time in five years. Additionally, he coached the school record-holder in the women’s indoor shot put and weight throw.
Jones is a 2008 graduate of Hamline with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain, Jones was a 10-time All-MIAC performer and a two-time MIAC All-Academic selection. He received his USATF Level 2 certification (throwing events) in 2009, his USA Weightlifting certification in 2013 and his USTFCCCA Academy Throws Specialist Certification in 2014.