Purdue will send 14 individuals to the race in Richmond, Ind.
Jake Stewart enters his first season as the assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. He is in charge of the men's distance group.
Stewart came to Purdue from Lamar University where he spent three seasons as the distance coach for the track and field teams and two as the assistant cross country coach.
In his first season as assistant cross country coach at Lamar, Stewart was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year after the men won four of their five invitationals including a top finish at the 12-team conference championships. He also led the Cardinals to a third place finish at the regional meet last year.
Prior to his time at Lamar, Stewart was the assistant coach for the Iona College men's and women's cross country and track and field teams for three seasons. In his time with the Gaels, the men's cross country team finished third in 2006 and runner-up in 2007 and 2008, the highest finish of any program in school history. The men's team was also honored for its scholastic achievements as it was named the NCAA Division I All-Academic Team of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
While at Iona, he coached four student-athletes who competed at the World Cross Country Championships for their respective nations. He also helped lead eight All-Americans in both cross country and track and field, 10 NCAA Track & Field Championships qualifiers, and 26 MAAC indoor and outdoor track and field champions.
Stewart has guided student-athletes to some very impressive marks. The top times he has coached for men are as follows:
-1:48.33 in the 800-meter run
-3:40.89 in 1,500m
-4:04.93 in the mile
-8:35.75 in the 3,000 steeplechase
-7:59.89 for the 3,000m
-13:35.75 in the 5,000m
-28:32.62 in the 10,000m.
With his impressive résumé, Stewart knows what it takes to build a distance program that is capable of competing at the highest level.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Stewart was a four year member of the cross country and track and field team. During his athletic career, the Gaels won four MAAC championships and finished in the top 10 each year. He was the team captain in 2005, the first walk-on in program history to carry the honor. Stewart graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of science in English.
In the spring of 2006, Stewart began his coaching career as an assistant track coach at Western Oregon University. There, he mainly worked as a distance oach. He helped coach four student-athletes who provisionally qualified for the Division II National Championships. He also served as the Western United States recruiting coordinator and helped bring in one of the deepest recruiting classes in the programs history.
He is a native of Kelso, Wash., and is married to his wife, Brandi.