Head Coach | Jumps & Multi
Jeff Petersmeyer was appointed as the head men’s and women’s cross country and women’s outdoor track and field coach at San José State in the summer of 2013.
In the short two-year history of SJSU’s women’s track and field program, Petersmeyer has recruited and coached four Spartan individuals to NCAA West Preliminary Championships. In 2015, the program’s first year to include competitive jumping events, Petersmeyer coached freshman Kelsey Johnson-Upshaw to the first-ever conference championship, coming in the long jump at the Mountain West Championship.
Prior to joining the Spartans, Petersmeyer spent four seasons as an assistant cross country and track coach at Boise State (2009-13). While with the Broncos, Petersmeyer coached three All-Americans, 17 conference champions and one NCAA Champion.
2013 was an impressive year for Petersmeyer and the Broncos. Boise State captured eight individual Mountain West Championship titles, which included a sweep of the women’s long distance events (5,000-meters, 10000-meters and 3000-meter steeplechase). Twenty (20) out of 22 athletes earned qualifying spots in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships that year, four of which moved on to the NCAA Championships.
In 2012, Petersmeyer coached Kurt Felix, the NCAA Division I Champion in the decathlon. Later that summer, Petersmeyer served as the Olympic Team Coach for Felix and the country of Grenada at the 2012 London Games.
Prior to Boise State, Petersmeyer coached three seasons at TCU where he trained all jumpers and hurdlers and assisted with sprint events. He coached Whitney Gipson who later went on to set the NCAA women's outdoor record in the long jump and earned All-America honors. She went on to finish third at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
As a collegian, Petersmeyer was a two-time NCAA All-American and nine-time Ohio Athletic Conference Champion at Baldwin Wallace College. He still holds the school record in 400-meter hurdles, an event in which he earned All-America honors.
Petersmeyer returned to his alma mater Baldwin Wallace for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons where he was the assistant track and cross country coach. The women's team won the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in indoor and outdoor track both seasons.
Petersmeyer also spent time as an associate professor and assistant track and cross country coach at Columbia University. There, he recruited or coached more than 10 qualifiers for the NCAA Regional Championships.
From 1999-2002, Petersmeyer was an assistant coach at Northern Arizona where he helped guide the team to seven Big Sky Championships and five top-12 team finishes in cross country at the NCAA Championships.
His coaching career, which spans now nearly two decades, began at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., where he was a graduate-assistant for the 1998-99 school year.
The native of Delphos, Ohio, earned bachelor's degrees in political science and history from Baldwin Wallace College in 1996, and a master's degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona in 2002.
Head Cross Country Coach
Brad Wick enters his eighth season coaching and third as the Spartans assistant coach overseeing cross country, and the distance/middle distance track athletes.
Prior to San Jose State, Wick served as the cross country coach at Boise State from 2008-2013. In cross country, Wick has coached three conference Freshman of the Year, 11 first-team all-conference honorees and 13 second-team cross country honorees.
Wick lead Boise State to its first men's WAC cross country title in 2010 and in 2012 had the men's and women's teams both in the top 10 in the West Region for the first time in school history.
On the track, Wick has directed his athletes to many successes. Under Wick's guidance his runners have captured 12 individual conference titles including sweeping the women's long distance events (5,000-meters, 10,000-meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase) at the 2013 Mountain West Championships by three different athletes. One of those athletes was Emma Bates, who was crowned 3rd in the 10,000m and 7th in the 5,000m at the 2013 NCAA Championships. In total, Wick has coached his distance athletes to 83 all-conference honors during the indoor and outdoor track seasons as well as 19 performances that
earned NCAA first round qualification.
Prior to arriving at Boise State, Wick served as the assistant coach for the men's cross country and distance track team at the University of Minnesota for three years. There he helped coach several members of the Minnesota cross-country program to success at the national level. With the Gophers he assisted in coaching five cross country All-Americans and an eighth place team finish at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The Elk River, Minn., native completed a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Minnesota in 2007 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and minors in Coaching and Health Education in 2004 at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Wick is also USA Track and Field Level 2 coaching certified in Endurance.
Wick now calls San Jose, Calif., home.
Assistant Coach | Sprints, Hurdles & Relays
Kelley Watson was appointed as an assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country and women's track teams in August 2013.
Before coming to San Jose State Watson was Boise State's men's and women's assistant track coach from 2008 through the 2013 season. She worked directly with the sprinters and hurdlers and helped the men's indoor team to Western Athletic Conference titles in 2009 and 2011.
10 sprint and hurdle school records were broken with Watson as the assistant coach, and 12 student-athletes were NCAA first-round qualifiers.
At Boise State, Watson also served as the director of operations for the track programs and headed the recruiting efforts for all sprinters and hurdlers. She was Boise State's director of operations whenthe programhosted the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Prior to coaching at Boise State, Watson spent four years as a high school biology teacher. From 2005 through 2007 she designed and taught coursework for Dade County Public Schools in North Miami, Fla. In 2007-08 she was a biology teacher for the Oakland Unified School District while also serving as a mentor and advisor.
The Milpitas, Calif., native graduated from CSU Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 2005.
Volunteer Assistant Coach | Jumps & Multis