By John Murphy CSC SID
Chadron State College Athletic Director Joel R Smith announced on Sunday the hiring of Jake Gruver, naming the former Eagle All-American the new Head Track and Field Coach at CSC.
“We are excited that Jake is coming back to Chadron State to take over the Track and Field program,” Smith said.
After a standout career as a sprinter for the Eagles, Guver served as a graduate assistant coach for the program but then left athletics and spent the past 9 years and 9 months as a conductor and engineer for the BNSF Railway.
In his season as an assistant track coach for CSC in 2012, the CSC women’s team finished 4th at both the indoor and outdoor RMAC Championships while the men were 2nd. The Eagles broke two women’s all-time records and one men’s record that all still stand today.
As an athlete for the Eagles, Gruver was a 7-time RMAC Champion and earned All-American honors in 2011 as a member of the school’s 6th-place 4×100 relay team. Their time of 41.10 made them the first CSC relay team to place at a national meet since the 880-yard relay finished 3rd at the NAIA Meet in 1959.
In 2010, Gruver ran the 10th best indoor 200m time in school history, clocking in at 22.15.
Outdoors, he holds the ninth and 14th best 100m time and the ninth and 12th best 200m time. Gruver’s best time outdoors in the 100m was 10.53 and his best 200m time outdoors was 21.33, both in 2011.
“I’m impressed with the vision that Gruver has for the program and I am excited about his enthusiasm for Chadron State and his excitement and passion to return to his alma mater,” Associate Athletic Director Ted Tewahade said.