Men's Cross Country
 
 
2014 Men's Cross Country Coaches
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Shawn Jakubowksi
Head Coach- 3rd Season

Shawn Jakubowski begins his third season has head Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country coach at Tennessee Wesleyan in 2014-2015.  Since Coach Jakubowski arrived at Wesleyan they have won 1 women’s track and field AAC conference championship (2013) and 1 men’s AAC track and field championship (2014), both times he was named AAC Track and Field Coach of the Year.  Both teams also have had 2 runner up finishes at the conference meet.  While at TWC he has coached 7 track and field individual national qualifiers and 2 NAIA All Americans.  In cross country both the men’s and women’s teams have finished runner up  in the AAC conference meet.   In 2013 the men’s team received an at large bid to compete at the national championships where they finished 17th.  The women also had 3 individuals that qualified for the NAIA national championships in 2013.  Total Coach Jakubowski has had 10 NAIA cross country national qualifiers at TWC. 

Previous to coming to TWC, Shawn spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Berea College, helping to coach 28 men and women individual National Qualifiers as well as 7 men and women's KIAC team championships. Berea College Men's Cross Country has also placed in the top 30 the past two seasons at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships.   He also worked full time as a production engineer at Hitachi automotive in 2012 he quit his full time job to focus on his true passion, coaching.  “not many people get to wake up every day and look forward to going to work, but I do.  I get to work with great student-athletes every day and help them reach their goals in the classroom and on the track, there is nothing I would rather do” said Coach Jakubowski. 

Shawn did his undergraduate work at Berea College and was a member of the current Berea record holding 4x800m relay team. That team finished 5th at nationals earning Shawn first team All-American honors.   

He then went on to Eastern Kentucky University and got a Masters in Sports Administration.  He also has his USATF Level 1 and Level 2.  His Level 2 is in sprints, hurdles, relays.  Shawn and  his wife Laurie have one son, Hayden and live in Athens, TN.

 
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Thomas Barker
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season

Thomas Barker begins his second cross country season and third track season as assistant coach for the Bulldogs.  While being with Wesleyan, the teams have won 1 women’s track and field AAC conference championship (2013) and 1 men’s AAC track and field championship (2014).  Both teams have also had 2 runner up finishes at the conference meet.  During his time with TWC, the team has sent 7 track and field individual qualifiers to the national championships and 2 NAIA All Americans.  In cross country both the men’s and women’s teams have finished runner up in the AAC conference meet.  In 2013 the men’s cross country team placed 17th at the national championship, and sent 3 women to the meet as well. 

Thomas attended Tennessee Wesleyan College and was on the cross country team during his time here.  His freshman year he made the AAC All-Conference team, and the past two years has competed at the USATF Club Cross Country championships for the Chattanooga Track Club.  He attended Wesleyan for the History/Pre-law program, but his senior year decided that he would rather begin a coaching career.  “ I decided that I need to do something that I enjoy, rather than just doing something for the money.  Every day I get to be outside for my job, and talk about running.  Not many people can make a living off of that”, said Thomas.  Thomas also holds a USATF Level 1 Coaching certification.  He lives in Athens currently, also helping out with Student Life at TWC.  He plans to finish his Master’s Degree in Archival Studies.