Jeff Petersmeyer enters his fourth season as the jumps and multi-events coach at Boise State.
In three seasons at Boise State, Petersmeyer's athletes have flourished, earning numerous awards and honors. The largest tribute to his success as a coach came in the 2012 track and field season, when senior Kurt Felix captured the NCAA Division I National Championship in the decathlon. Felix went on to compete for Grenada at the 2012 London Olympics, while Petersmeyer was at his side as a Team Grenada coach.
Felix is one of two Broncos who have earned All-America honors under Petersmeyer's guidance, also including Zacharias Arnos. Felix garnered first team honors in 2012 with the winning of the national decathlon title, adding to two second team nods he earned in the indoor long jump (2012) and the heptathlon (2011). Arnos was named first team All-America in the indoor triple jump in 2010.
In his time with the Broncos, Petersmeyer has had three athletes, Felix, Arnos and Eetu Viitala, earn eight national qualifying spots, as well as six Broncos earn 11 qualifying spots at the NCAA First Round Championship.
Petersmeyer's athletes have collected 17 conference titles in his three years at Boise State. Felix leads the bunch with seven titles, as well as amassing four conference "Track and Field High Point Performer" honors and three "Track and Field Athlete of the Meet/Outstanding Performer" honors. Felix also snagged the 2012 Mountain West (MW) Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, as well as the 2012 MW Male Athlete of the Year for top male athlete in any sport in the conference.
Arnos collected four conference titles and one "Athlete of the Meet" nod, while Viitala and Eleni Kafourou each earned two titles apiece. Alexi Morton earned the 2011 Western Athletic Conference "Freshman of the Year" honor after winning the pentathlon, while Danielle Valentine was crowned WAC champion in the pole vault. He also helped Rolando Trammel to WAC "Athlete of the Meet" and "High Point Performer" honors in 2011. Petersmeyer's jumpers and multi-event athletes have earned 10 All-MW honors, as well as 35 All-WAC First-Team honors and 23 second-team honors.
During Petersmeyer's tenure, Boise State athletes have scattered the school record books, led by Felix who has set and broken his own school records in the heptathlon and decathlon numerous times. Morton owns a school record in the pentathlon, while Valentine is tied with BreAnna Craig (2010) for the outdoor pole vault record. Sitting in the top-three all-time, Felix is No. 3 in the outdoor long jump, Arnos is No. 3 in the outdoor triple jump, Valentine is No. 3 in the indoor pole vault and Heidi Dorling is No. 3 in the outdoor pole vault.
Alongside his career at Boise State, Petersmeyer coaches elite athlete Janae Gennette, who competed at the 2012 USA Indoor Championships. She earned the 10th fastest time in the USA in the 60m (7.28) in 2012. Gennette also hit a best of 21-6.25 (6.56m) in the long jump during the 2012 season.
Prior to Boise State, Petersmeyer served as the horizontal jumps coach, multi's and high-jump coach at TCU for three seasons. There Petersmeyer guided Neidra Covington to three All-America honors, Jonathan Jackson to two All-America honors and Whitney Gipson to one All-America honor. Under his direction, Covington was named the MW Female Freshman of the Year in 2007, while Jackson was the 2008 Penn Relays College Athlete of the Meet after winning the triple jump.
In his three seasons at TCU, Petersmeyer coached 12 MW Champions, four school record holders and one NCAA Region champion. His athletes earned their way onto the TCU all-time list numerous of times in the jumps and hurdles. Several also made their mark in the nation's top-10 rankings in their respective events, while Gipson went on to earn a third-place finish in the long jump at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Petersmeyer joined the TCU staff after spending two seasons as an assistant track and cross country coach at his alma mater - Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio). While at Baldwin-Wallace, Petersmeyer served as recruiting coordinator and also worked with the jumpers, hurdlers and multi-events. Petersmeyer helped lead the women's team to four Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and coached 11 NCAA qualifiers.
Prior to coaching at Baldwin-Wallace, Petersmeyer was an assistant track and cross country coach at Columbia University from 2002-2004. There Petersmeyer coached the school's first female Ivy League Champion in field events and recruited or coached over 10 qualifiers for the NCAA East Regional Championships. Under Petersmeyer's tutelage, 40 individual performances were ranked in Columbia's all-time top-five list.
Petersmeyer was also an assistant track and cross country coach at Northern Arizona from 1999-2002 where he coached the jumpers, multi-events and assisted with the hurdles. At NAU, Petersmeyer helped the team win seven Big Sky Championships in cross country and track, including five top-12 team finishes in cross country at the NCAA Championships.
Petersmeyer's coaching career began at Allegheny College, where he served as a graduate assistant track and cross country coach from 1998-1999.
A native of Delphos, Ohio, Petersmeyer earned bachelor's degrees in political science and history in 1996 from Baldwin-Wallace College. While assisting at Northern Arizona, Petersmeyer earned his master's degree in educational leadership in 2002.
Athletically, Petersmeyer was a two-time NCAA All-American and a nine-time Ohio Athletic Conference Champion. He also holds Baldwin-Wallace's school record in the 400-meter hurdles. Petersmeyer earned his All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400 relay.