|Position:||Assistant Coach/Jumps & Multi-Events|
Jesse Chapman began his tenure as the Assistant Coach for Jumps and Multi Events in July of 2016.
"We are very excited to add Jesse Chapman to the cross country and track & field staff," said Ireland. "I really believe that Coach Chapman is the right person to continue the development of both our men's and women's horizontal and vertical jumps programs, in addition to establishing a strong multi event group as well. He is very excited to begin working with our current student athletes and to hit the road recruiting future Lions."
During his first season at Columbia, Chapman's athletes saw school records fall, while standing atop the podium at the Ivy League Championships. At Indoor Heps, Anna Williams impressed on her final attempt in the triple jump, going 12.99m for the win. Both Williams and Maryam Hassan qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the event, after going 2-3 in the triple jump during Outdoor Heps. Chapman also helped rookie Daniel Igbokwe qualify for the East Prelims on the men's side with a school record 15.63m effort in the triple jump, while indoor and outdoor school record holder Robert O'Brien qualified in the pole vault.
Chapman spent the 2015-16 season coaching at Northeastern University, spending time with the vertical jumps and multi-event specialists. Northeastern found much success with the help of Chapman, as the Huskies men’s team won the CAA Outdoor Championship as well as the Outdoor New England Championship. In addition, five of the athletes he coached combined for 56 of the 157 points the Huskies scored during the New England Outdoor Championship.
No stranger to the Ivy League, Chapman was a Volunteer Assistant at Harvard from 2014-15. With the Crimson, he worked closely with the sprints, jumps, hurdles and multi-event athletes, and also designed strength and conditioning workout routines for women’s distance runners that were competing at the national level.
Chapman spent the summers of 2014 and 2015 working at the Complete Track & Field Camp at Harvard, designing practice regiments and analyzing video for vertical jumpers. Chapman got his start in coaching at Powerhouse Training Sports Center in Massachusetts, organizing new strength and conditioning programs to be used at prep schools across New England.
A standout at the University of Connecticut, Chapman was the 2013 Big East Champion in the Decathlon and won the silver medal at the conference championships during his freshman and senior seasons. The five-time All-Big East selection in the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon is a 2014 graduate of UConn with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science.
Chapman has a Level 1 USTFCCCA Certification, as well as USTFCCCA Certifications as a Jumps Specialist, in Strength and Conditioning, and in the Technical Course.