Jeff Petersmeyer, who was at TCU for three years, served as the horizontal jumps coach, multi's and high-jump coach in 2009.
This past spring, Petersmeyer helped guide both freshman Whitney Gipson and junior Neidra Covington to All-America honors at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Covington, a junior from Florida, leaped 42 feet, 11 ¾ inches on her third attempt to collect eighth-place honors at John McDonnell Field. By placing eighth overall, Covington recorded her third All-America accolade of her career, which have all came under Petersmeyer's guidance.
Covington collected runner-up honors in the triple jump at the Midwest Regional by soaring to a seasonal and personal-best leap of 44 feet, 6 inches on her second attempt. By finishing second overall, Covington posted the Flyin' Frogs highest finish ever in the women's triple jump at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Her wind-aided jump, which would have blasted her previous school record, at that point was the fifth-best jump in the NCAA and the top-mark in the Mountain West Conference.
Gipson, who finished 13th overall at nationals, soared to a fifth-place finish and automatically qualified for the 2009 NCAA Championships at the Midwest Regional. The freshman, who leaped 20 feet, 7 inches on her final jump to qualify for nationals, posted a personal-best leap and the second-best jump in program history at John Jacobs Field. Gipson recently soared to a third-place showing in the long jump at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Petersmeyer also helped senior Meaghan Peoples crush her previous school record in the women's heptathlon in 2009. Overall, Peoples collected runner-up honors with an NCAA provisional mark of 5,060 points at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships. By earning second-place honors, Peoples became the first student-athlete in TCU history to finish the heptathlon in second-place at a conference championship meet. The senior's personal-best mark was also the most points ever recorded by a Flyin' Frog in the heptathlon at a conference meet.
In 2008, Petersmeyer's athletes had a phenomenal season as he coached both Covington and Jonathan Jackson to All-America honors during the indoor season.
Covington under Petersmeyer captured the conference triple jump crown during the indoor season with the fifth-best jump in MWC women's championship history and an NCAA automatic mark. Her leap of 44 feet set a new school record. She also won the long jump. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Covington secured two All-America certificates in both the long and triple jump.
Junior Kishelle Paul captured the 60-meter indoor hurdle title under the Ohio native, winning her second MWC crown of her career with a time of 8.37. Her time of 8.37 seconds tied her for fifth all-time in the MWC women's record book. On the men's side, freshman Jordan Pitts captured his first MWC title with the second-best time in MWC men's championship history. His winning time was 7.92 seconds.
Petersmeyer helped Jackson capture the conference men's triple jump title with an NCAA automatic leap of 16.26m (53-04.25). His jump ranks as the third-best triple jump mark in MWC men's championship history. Jackson, who's mark broke his own school record, earned All-America honors during indoor by soaring 16.32m (53-06.50) to finish third overall in the men's triple jump in 2008.
Fast forward to the outdoor season and Petersmeyer's athletes once again were a force. At the 81st annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Paul, a junior from Marietta, Ga., placed second overall in the women's 400-meter hurdles by clocking an NCAA regional qualifying time of 57.84 seconds. Her mark at that point was the second-fastest time in the NCAA and the 16th fastest time in the world.
Two weeks later under Petersmeyer's watch at the Penn Relays, Jackson became only the second male in TCU history to win the men's long jump. On the final day of competition in Philadelphia, TCU in front of an electrifying crowd of 49,831 took over as Jackson crushed his own school record to win the men's triple jump and earn College Athlete of the Meet honors for individual events.
Jackson, who's mark of 54 feet, 3 ¾ inches sat at No. 1 in the NCAA for almost a month, soared to the 10th longest jump in Penn Relays history. By doing so he became the first TCU track and field athlete ever to win both the men's long and triple jump at the Penn Relays. Jackson also became the first TCU male or female to win a title in the triple jump at historic Franklin Field. By being named Individual College Athlete of the Meet, Jackson became only the second individual in TCU history to be named Individual Athlete of the Meet.
Finally, Jackson claimed his third career MWC outdoor crown under Petersmeyer in the men's triple jump with a winning leap of 51 feet, 2 ¼ inches, while freshman Jordan Pitts brought home both the 110 and 400-meter hurdle titles.
At the NCAA Midwest Regional in Lincoln, Neb., Paul recorded a seasonal best time of 57.81 seconds to win the regional in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Her time at that point was ranked in the top-10 of the NCAA. Jackson closed competition in Lincoln by earning an NCAA Automatic bid.
In his first year at TCU, Petersmeyer helped Jackson become the first athlete in TCU history to win league titles in both the long jump and triple jump. The title in the triple jump was Jackson's second consecutive MWC title in the event, marking just the second time in school history that a TCU athlete had won consecutive titles in the triple jump. Jackson would close out the season finishing third at the NCAA Championships to earn TCU's first All-America honor in the event since 2001. Covington, who earned Female Freshman of the Year honors at the MWC Indoor Championships also made a name for herself under Petersmeyer's direction. She won the MWC Indoor title in the triple jump with a leap of 42-09.75 (12.65m). Overall, she qualified for the Midwest Regional in the long jump and triple jump, while also placing third in the triple jump at the MWC Outdoor Championships with a personal-best jump of 42-00.50.
Petersmeyer joined the TCU staff after spending two seasons as an assistant track and cross country coach at his alma mater - Baldwin-Wallace College. While at Baldwin-Wallace, Petersmeyer served as recruiting coordinator and also worked with the jumpers, hurdlers and multi-events. Petersmeyer helped lead the women's team to four Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and coached 11 NCAA qualifiers.
Prior to coaching at Baldwin-Wallace, Petersmeyer was an assistant track and cross country coach at Columbia University from 2002-2004. At Columbia, Petersmeyer coached the school's first female Ivy League Champion in field events and recruited or coached over 10 qualifiers for the NCAA East Regional Championships. Under Petersmeyer's tutelage, 40 individual performances he coached were ranked in Columbia's all-time top-five list.
Petersmeyer was also an assistant track and cross country coach at Northern Arizona from 1999-2002 where he coached the jumpers, multi-events and assisted with the hurdles. At NAU, Petersmeyer helped the team win seven Big Sky Championships in cross country and track, including five top-12 team finishes in cross country at the NCAA Championships.
Petersmeyer's coaching career began at Allegheny College, where he served as a graduate assistant track and cross country coach from 1998-1999.
A native of Delphos, Ohio, Petersmeyer earned bachelor's degrees in political science and history in 1996 from Baldwin-Wallace College. While assisting at Northern Arizona, Petersmeyer earned his master's degree in educational leadership in 2002.
Athletically, Petersmeyer was a two-time NCAA All-American and a nine-time Ohio Athletic Conference Champion. He also holds Baldwin-Wallace's school record in the 400 meter hurdles. Petersmeyer earned his All-America honors in the 400 meter hurdles and the 4x400 relay.