|Hometown:||Coon Rapids, Minn.|
Drew Jones, who joined UND’s coaching staff prior to the 2013-14 season, works specifically with the program’s throwers.
His first season in Grand Forks was a resounding success, 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.