The cross country team will send 12 individuals to Illinois for Friday's race.
"We are very pleased to have coach Jeff Kent join our staff as assistant cross country and track and field coach. He comes from a very strong pedigree and he has an understanding of what it takes to get our cross country and distance programs going. I feel he is a great fit to our staff's dynamic and I am excited to get him on board and going with the Boilermakers." - Head coach Lonnie Greene
Jeff Kent began as the assistant cross country country and track and field coach on Aug. 14, 2014. He joined the Purdue staff after spending five years at the University of Arkansas as director of operations for the women's track and field program.
Kent and Purdue head coach Lonnie Greene have worked together in the past, as Greene was an assistant coach for the Arkansas women's program until 2012 when he was hired as Purdue's head coach. Kent also is familiar with the Big Ten Conference, as he graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in heath and sports studies.
During Kent's time at Arkansas, the Razorbacks were one of the top track & field and cross country programs in the country. The women's team had six top-10 finishes at NCAA Track and Field Championship meets. The Razorback harriers advanced individuals to the NCAA Cross Country Championships each year he was there, including qualifying the team each of the last three years after winning regional championships. Arkansas finished in the top 20 all three of those years.
A native of Valparaiso, Ind., Kent ran collegiately at Ball State and Iowa on the cross country and track teams. The new Purdue distance coach specialized in the 3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run, and finished 10th in the 5k at the Big Ten Indoor Championships during his senior year.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Iowa, Kent attended Delta State University (Cleveland, Miss.), where he earned a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation.