Alexander accepts a coaching position at Lipscomb University


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Jake Alexander hugs Hayden Snow

Anna Meyer, Staff Reporter

Members of the John Carroll Cross Country and Track and Field team can agree on one thing: All good things must come to an end. 

After six years with the Blue Streaks, the Cross Country and Track and Field team announced the departure of assistant coach, Jake Alexander via Instagram on Thursday, Sept. 4. 

Alexander was hired by Lipscomb University as an assistant on track and field teams.


The John Carroll University XC/T&F Instagram account stated: “We will keep it simple, Thank you Jake for everything!” 

Alexander’s campaign with John Carroll dates back to 2014 when he joined as an assistant to the program. Before the 2018-2019 season, he was promoted to associate head men and women’s track and field coach and assistant coach for men’s and women’s cross country. 

During his time at JCU, Alexander impacted many of the runners, such as senior Jamie Dailey.

“His impact on the program was special. His achievements and accolades spoke for themselves,” Dailey said. 

Alexander’s accolades with the Blue Streaks included being named the Men’s Track & Field Assistant Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Region by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He also was part of the 2018 OAC Staff of the Year at the Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Early in his career, Alexander was also named to OAC Staff of the Year in 2015 and 2016 for women’s cross country. 

Dailey attested to the constant support and happiness Alexander provided to both the men’s and women’s team. 

“The joy Jake [Alexander] and Kyle [Batista] shared when the women’s team won the OAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship was like no other,” Dailey said. “He was speechless and was the happiest guy I saw out there.” 

Dailey believes that Alexander’s success will carry to his next journey in Nashville at Lipscomb, coaching jumps, sprints and relays. 

“I know he’s going to do great things at Lipscomb, just based on what he built at Carroll.”