Jones, a 2007 graduate of Hamline and an All-MIAC thrower for the Pipers, has been serving as an interim throws coach for Hamline throughout the 2009 season. He will become a full-time assistant coach working with both the men’s and women’s teams with an emphasis on throws. He will also serve as a recruiter of new student-athletes, will teach in the physical education department and will assume a yet-to-be-determined administrative duty.
“We are very pleased to have Drew joining us as a full-time member of the department,” said Beeman. “The true measure of a strong coach, especially one that moves into that role with a program mid-stream, is that he maintains previous performance levels and develops new levels of achievement in the student-athletes. Drew has accomplished both at this stage of the season, thus our decision to promote him. We expect that Drew will continue on this successful path through the remainder of the 2009 season and for many seasons to come.”
A four-year letterman with the Piper track and field team, Jones earned All-MIAC accolades after he finished third in the shot put at the outdoor conference championships with a toss of 48-6 in 2006. He also finished sixth in the hammer throw with a throw of 149-2 to earn All-MIAC honorable mention in the event that year. In his senior season, 2007, Jones again earned All-MIAC honors in the weight throw, finishing third with a toss of 54-7 ¼. Additionally, Jones was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 35-pound weight throw and outdoor shot put.
Already in 2009, Jones has coached Piper throwers to great accomplishment. In the only two throwing events of the indoor season, three Hamline athletes hit NCAA provisional marks. Derall King’s (So., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) mark in the shot put landed him at the indoor nationals where he posted an All-American fifth place finish.
Jones also coached the 2009 indoor MIAC weight throw champion Aaron Wilkerson (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) and second place finisher Andy Norman (So., Winona, Minn.). The Pipers took five out of the top six places in that event. He also coached two student-athletes in the top six in the shot put.
With the women’s team this season, Emily Amici (Sr., Whitewater, Wis.) took third place in the shot put en route to an All-MIAC third place finish in the indoor pentathlon. Also at the MIAC indoor championships he upped the number of finals qualifiers from one in 2008 to three individual women in 2009.
The promotion of Jones rounds out the full-time track and field staff that includes director of track and field operations and head men’s coach Paul Schmaedeke, head women’s coach Shawn Johnson-Hipp, and men’s and women’s assistant Shane Swanberg.