Jacob Gleason enters his 11th year as head cross country coach and first as director of track & field operations at Muskingum University.
During Gleason’s tenure at Muskingum, he has transformed the cross country team into a competitive squad in the Ohio Athletic Conference and the region. In 2017, Gleason directed the Muskies toward victory, while freshman Rachel Timberlake was the second Muskie women's cross country runner to be honored with All-Great Lake Region honors. In 2016, Gleason led the Muskingum women's cross country team to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, while senior Julie Fobes was named an Academic All-American. In 2015, a total of four Muskies qualified for the NCAA Regional Meet.
He arrived in New Concord after serving as assistant track & field coach at Ohio Northern University. During his three-year tenure at ONU, Gleason coached three NCAA Division III All-Americans, six NCAA Division III National Qualifiers, three Ohio Athletic Conference Individual Champions, 26 All-Ohio Athletic Conference performers, was a member of the 2006 Great Lakes Regional Coaching Staff of the Year and helped guide the 2008 Polar Bear men to the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Team Championship.
While at Ohio Northern, Gleason also served as an assistant director for the 2008 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship Meet, was a member of the OAC Coaches’ Committee Standards and was the conference’s Ranking Coordinator.
Prior to Ohio Northern, Gleason was associate head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Geneva College from 2002-2005. While with the Golden Tornadoes, he coached five NAIA Cross Country National Qualifiers, 13 NAIA Track & Field National Qualifiers, two American Mideast Conference Individual Champions and helped guide the 2003 women’s team to the Mideast Conference Championship.
Gleason, a former cross country and track standout in college, received his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in 2002 and his master’s degree from Geneva College in 2004.
His other duties at Muskingum include serving as an instructor in the Health and P.E. department.