UJ track and field head coach Raske resigns effective Sept. 30
Raske is leaving the programs after one season.
JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown will be searching for a new track and field head coach after the departure of Andrew Raske. His resignation will be effective Sept. 30.
Raske announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 20, in a meeting with his teams. He accepted an assistant coach position for the men's and women's track and field teams at NCAA Division I University of St. Thomas (Minn.).
“The biggest thing was it’s a chance to work with a group of coaches that I know really well,” Raske said. “The staff they’ve assembled at St. Thomas are people that I’ve worked with in different capacities before. When they had some staff changes and a couple openings, it happened really quickly, that’s the most exciting thing and what really pulled me away was the opportunity there as opposed to any animosity here.”
Raske said the process moved at a rapid pace as he was offered the job on Monday, Sept. 19.
Raske spent one season as the head coach of the Jimmies men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. During that season, he helped three athletes — Jordyn Toliver, Braedon Gumke and Jorden Morales — make the outdoor national championships with Toliver setting school records in the javelin and becoming an NAIA All-American. Toliver was also an NAIA All-American during the indoor season as a heptathlete.
Jimmies Athletic Director Austin Hieb has named Jim Clark as the interim coach while they look for a replacement.
“He knows everything about this place, he’s been around this place,” Hieb said. “Having him here while we try to figure out what we are going to do in the process until we get candidates in here and get someone hired will be a huge help.”
Hieb said they are opening the search nationwide and will take as much time as they need to find a new coach.
While Hieb said he plans to hire one person to coach both the men’s and the women’s teams in a continuation of recent hiring practices for the program, that might be able to be adjusted depending on who the candidates are and how the search process goes.
Once the search gets down to the final candidates, Hieb said he will make time for the athletes to meet with their prospective coaches.
“I think that’s important that the student-athletes at least get to lay eyes and ask some questions to the final candidates,” Hieb said.