Assistant coach Steve Jones is in his sixth year as the jumps coach at Grand Valley State University. Before GVSU, he spent three seasons at Minnesota State University-Mankato where he worked with jumpers, multi-event athletes, throwers, and sprinters. While at MSU, Jones' athletes set several school records in addition to winning eight All-American accolades. Jones assisted in coaching the 2007 USATF US National High Jump Champion Jim Dilling (2.30m), who also won four Division II National high jump competitions.
In his time at GVSU, Jones has tutored nine NCAA Division II All-Americans and has had 34 student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships in both indoor and outdoor competition. Three school records have also been set with Jones as the coach.
At Minnesota State, Jones coached two NCAA Division II champions, seven All-Americans and 13 NCAA qualifiers.
At Minnesota State University, Jones' other duties included teaching in the human performance department, meet administration, monitoring the academic success of student-athletes, as well as assisting in hosting the 2008 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. In his time there, Jones also received his masters degree in sport administration.
Jones graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 with a degree in consumer science. A two-time captain and NCAA Division I national participant in the high jump, Jones worked for Athletes in Action upon his graduation. Part of his time was spent in Spain where he volunteer coached for two track teams and participated in mission work. When stateside, Jones coached high school track in Wisconsin working with the jumpers, sprinters, and vaulters.
GVSU Athletes: The members of both the Grand Valley State cross country and track and field teams will be present to supervise the campers on a daily basis. These athletes will also conduct the activities with the campers.