Greg Jack, the associate head track and field coach, is in his 14th season at Virginia Tech, and has guided the Hokies into becoming one of the nation’s premier throwing programs producing 11 NCAA Champions, 57 All-Americans, 78 NCAA Championship qualifiers and 45 conference champions.
“I consider Greg Jack to be one of the top throws coaches in the nation,” said Virginia Tech Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Dave Cianelli. “He consistently develops and prepares his athletes as well as any coach I have seen during my 30 years in the business.”
The 2013-14 season was a more than successful one for the VT throwers. Tomas Kruzliak was named an All-American after a fifth place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while Sabine Kopplin and Eva Vivod also earned All-America honors after posting seventh and 11th place finishes, respectively, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition to the national recognition, Tomas Kruzliak claimed the ACC Championship in the hammer throw, while Kopplin, Vivod and Annjulie Vester earned All-ACC honors. Kruzliak was also named the ACC Outdoor Performer of the Year after his more than impressive 2013-14 campaign.
The 2012-13 season saw much success for Jack and his throwers. Both Alexander Ziegler and Tomas Kruzliak earned individual national championships under Jack’s instruction as well as were named the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Men’s Field Athletes of the Year, Ziegler for indoor and Kruzliak for outdoor. Ziegler ended his Tech career as a three-time national champion winning twice in the hammer throw and once in the weight throw. During the indoor season, both Ziegler and Kruzliak earned All-America honors and during the outdoor season, Matthias Treff and Annjulie Vester joined Kruzliak in being named Outdoor All-Americans. For the third year in a row, Jack had a trio of throwers finish 1-2-3 in the weight throw at the ACC Indoor Championships and earned two more ACC championships during the outdoor season in the weight throw and the Javelin throw.
In the 2011-12 season, Jack’s throwers continued to add to the success of the Tech throwing program as Marcel Lomnicky and Alexander Ziegler each earned the program another individual national championship with Lomnicky ending his Hokie career as a two-time national champion, this time by winning the weight throw, while Alexander Ziegler won the hammer throw title for the second-consecutive year, becoming only the second Hokie thrower to earn back-to-back national championships. Ziegler also had a third-place finish at nationals in the weight throw, while Matthias Treff had one of his own in the javelin. For the second year in a row at the ACC Indoor Championships, Jack had a trio finish 1-2-3 in the weight throw. Subsequently, Jack was named the USTFCCCA Men’s Southeast Region Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year. In all, Jack led his group to four ACC individual championships, nine All-ACC honors and five All-American selections in 2012. During the summer, three athletes who were mentored by Jack competed in the 2012 Olympics. Cleopatra Borel (Trinidad & Tobago) and Allison Randal (Jamaica) have been volunteer assistants for the Tech program while Marcel Lomnicky (Slovakia) finished up his eligibility at Tech after the indoor season.
In 2011, Jack’s throwers ascended to new standards of excellence as he was honored as the USTFCCCA Men’s Southeast Region Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year. Dorotea Habazin and Alexander Ziegler won NCAA Outdoor National Championships in the hammer throw, while Marcel Lomnicky (hammer) and Matthias Treff (javelin) earned national runner-up finishes. Ziegler also finished second nationally in the indoor weight throw. In all, six Hokie throwers earned nine All-America honors. Four individuals won a total of six ACC championships and three: Lomnicky, Habazin and Treff set school and ACC all-time records. In fact, the Hokie men swept the podium at the ACC Championships in both the indoor weight throw and outdoor hammer. Freshman Samira Burkhardt was named the ACC Women’s Freshman of the Year for Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field while Lomnicky was the Men’s Outdoor Regional Field Athlete of the Year and Habazin was the ACC’s Women’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Year.
In 2010, Jack was named the 2010 Men’s Southeast Region Assistant Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year. Three individuals won ACC titles and three earned four All-America awards. During the indoor season, Alexander Ziegler earned an ACC title in the weight throw and capped his season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Hokies added two more ACC gold medals during the outdoor season, with Igor Misljenovic and Marcel Lomnicky earning titles in the discus and hammer throw, respectively. In postseason action, Dorotea Habazin continued her success with a second consecutive All-America honor with a runner-up performance in the hammer throw. Alexander Ziegler and Marcel Lomnicky received All-America accolades with 2nd and 3rd place showings in the men’s hammer throw.
In 2009, Jack mentored Marcel Lomnicky, who won the hammer throw at the national meet with a toss of 235’6”. The title marked Jack’s fifth national championship as a throws coach at Tech. Jack also guided Lomnicky to NCAA East Regional and ACC crowns in the hammer throw, as well as an All-America honor and an ACC championship in the weight throw. On the women’s side, Hokie throwers amassed two All-America accolades and three ACC titles of their own. Dorotea Habazin, who earned USTFCCCA Women’s Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year, captured All-America recognition in the hammer throw and won the weight and hammer throw at the ACC indoor and outdoor meets, respectively, while Brittany Pryor won her sixth All-America honor in the hammer throw and her fifth ACC title with a victory in the discus at the conference outdoor meet, to cap her illustrious career.
In 2008, Jack guided his veteran-laden unit to a strong campaign, with five ACC Championships and six throwers earning All-American status. Under Jack’s tutelage, Pryor won four ACC titles and three All-America honors, along with earning the indoor USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, while Kristen Callan, Justin Clickett and Matej Muza all achieved All-America accolades.
The 2007 season was another successful one for the Tech throwers, with 12 All-ACC selections, four All-America honors and concluding with Jack being named the USTFCCCA’s National Throws Coach of the Year after all three of his hammer throw athletes earned All-America honors, including the national champion.
In 2006, three throwers earned All-America honors during the indoor season and four in the outdoor season. During the indoor season, weight thrower Spyridon Jullien won his second straight NCAA weight throw title. During the outdoor campaign, Jullien won the NCAA hammer throw title to conclude his Virginia Tech career with four national championships.
Jack and his throwers had a school-record-setting 2005 season. At the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships, Jullien became the school’s first NCAA champion by winning the men’s 35-pound weight throw. Jullien then captured the hammer national title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June, 2005 and Jack coached four others who earned All-America honors.
In 2004, Jack had several athletes place in the top-five at the NCAA East Regional Championships. Jullien’s second-place performance in the hammer throw was 231’11” (70.70m) at the NCAA outdoor championships and earned him his third All-America honor. Jullien took fourth place at the NCAA indoor championships in the 35-lb. weight throw. Jack’s Hokie thrower squad claimed four BIG EAST Conference Championships – two indoor and two outdoor.
In 2003, two of Jack’s throwers represented Tech at the NCAA Championships. Jullien took sixth place in the hammer throw at the championships while reaching All-American status for the first time. Three athletes were BIG EAST Champions, while three more were runners-up. They broke five school records and one BIG EAST Championship record in the men’s weight throw.
Jack’s first year coaching at Virginia Tech in 2002 saw Dee O’Connell win the BIG EAST javelin throw, earn All-America honors and record a fifth-place finish at the U.S Championships. O’Connell took fifth place at the 2002 U.S Championships and posted third-place finishes at the 2003 U.S. Championships and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.
In international action, Callan won the hammer throw at the 2004 U.S. Junior Championships and set a meet record with a throw of 193’11” (59.11m). She represented the United States at the World Junior Championships that were held in Grosetto, Italy. Jack served as a national coach for the country of Trinidad and Tobago. As the national coach, he helped Cleopatra Borel capture her country’s national championship with a new record, finish 10th in the shot put finals at the Olympics in Athens and earn a top-eight world ranking by the IAAF.
At Tech, Jack has coached a total of 50 All-Americans, 69 NCAA qualifiers, 40 conference champions, nine conference record holders, and all school throws records are held by Jack coached athletes.
Jack is married to the former Jacquie Keats, a doctor of chiropractics, and they currently reside in Blacksburg. Twin daughters MacKenzie and Morgan were born on Oct. 25, 2007.
The Ottawa, Canada native graduated from Florida State with a Bachelor of Science in physical education.