Jason Wakenight - Assistant Coach (Middle Distance and Sprints)
Assistant Coach (Middle Distance and Sprints)
Jason Wakenight joined the University of Iowa track and field staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in 2014. His primary responsibilities include men's long sprints and long hurdles, and men's and women's middle distances.
In his first season on Iowa's staff, Wakenight coached the men's 4x400 relay back to the NCAA postseason for the first time in three seasons while earned a bronze medal at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. He also guided Mitch Wolff to second team All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles.
Prior to joining the Hawkeyes, Wakenight was recruiting coordinator at Loyola University.
From 2012-14, he helped the Ramblers set 51 school records, crown 26 league champions, and earn four NCAA All-America honors. The Loyola men won two Horizon League championships and placed runner-up three times, and the Loyola women won three conference titles.
Before joining the Loyola staff, Wakenight was a volunteer assistant coach for the Hawkeyes from 2006-11. He helped coached 11 Big Ten champions and 16 All-Americans in his final two seasons at Iowa, and was on staff when the Hawkeyes won the 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Championship.
Before assisting the Iowa coaching staff, Wakenight was a three-year letterwinner for the Hawkeyes from 2004-06. He was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the 1,600-meter relay, and was named UI men's track and field student-athlete of the year in 2006. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Wakenight has USTFCCCA specialist certification in sprints/hurdles, jumps, and endurance. He also has a USTFCCCA program management certification.