Jack resigns as Tech's throws coach

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Wednesday that longtime track and field associate head coach and throws coach Greg Jack has resigned his position within the Hokies’ track and field program to pursue other career opportunities.

Jack came to Virginia Tech in 2001, joining Dave Cianelli, who had taken over as the Virginia Tech’s director of track and field and cross country. Jack’s throwers combined to win 13 national championships during his tenure, including one this past outdoor season when Irena Sediva captured the national title in the women’s javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Eugene, Oregon.

Sediva also won the ACC title in the women’s javelin at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, helping the Tech women’s program win its first ACC team title since 2008. The Tech men’s program added two ACC team crowns this past academic year as well.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunities that Virginia Tech and Coach Cianelli gave me and for the opportunities to coach such great kids over the years,” Jack said. “It’s been a wonderful experience. I’m moving on to new challenges, but I can honestly say that learned a lot and grew both personally and professionally during my time in Blacksburg.

“My family and I will always be appreciative of the Virginia Tech community, and we wish the track and field programs nothing but the best going forward. I fully expect them to keep winning ACC titles.”

Cianelli is conducting a national search to find Jack’s replacement. He expects to hire a new assistant coach by the end of the summer.

The Hokies begin the 2017-18 campaign by competing in cross country. Practices for the upcoming season start in August, and the first meet is slated for early September.

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