LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State head track & field coach Gregg Gensel has announced the hiring of Jeramie Murray as a full-time assistant coach working primarily with the sprinters. Murray replaces Giles McDonnell, who accepted a similar position at Oklahoma State.
Murray comes to Utah State after working for five years with the city of St. George in the races and events department. During that time, Murray mostly coordinated road races and triathlons with the largest event he helped put on being the St. George Marathon.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be here at Utah State and work with the team,” Murray said. “The sprinters have been very successful in recent years and hopefully, we can maintain that and even get better.”
Prior to working for the city of St. George, Murray spent 15 years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Utah, where he worked with the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. He will be coaching the sprinters, hurdlers and relay groups at Utah State.
During his time with the Thunderbirds, Murray mentored 112 all-conference athletes, 66 individual conference champions, three Newcomers of the Year, four Conference Athletes of the Year, four NCAA qualifiers and one All-American (Natalie Gibson; 400-meter hurdles), as well as assisting in 39 Summit League team titles.
“Jeramie comes with a lot of experience and it happens to be in the state of Utah, so he understands what Utah State is all about, but also the culture that is here, which I think is important for coaches to understand,” Gensel said. “It makes their recruiting process a lot easier if you understand that. He brings a wealth of experience in a lot of different track areas, as well as putting on events. The knowledge he has of track has been very helpful and I knew that coming in, but since he’s been here he just keeps reminding me of what a good thing it was that we were able to add him to our staff.”
Murray was a four-year letterwinner (1992-96) and two-time all-conference honoree as a sprinter with the Thunderbirds. He graduated from SUU in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and went on to earn a master’s degree in education in 2000. Murray later earned a second graduate degree from Southern Utah in sports conditioning and performance.
Murray, a USATF Level II certified coach, and his wife, Heather, have a 4-year-old son named Ronan.
“Utah State felt like a really good fit. Just with the size of Logan, it felt like a good place for me and my family to be,” Murray said. “Having competed against Utah State in the past, I’m really familiar with the area, so it was a nice fit for us.”
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