Jesse Weiner was been named Director of Cross Country and Track & Field at Virginia Wesleyan University in the Fall of 2019. For the past eight years he has served as the head coach of cross country and track and field at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV.
According to Tina Hill, VWU Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Weiner was selected after a comprehensive national search and will join the Marlins in November after the completion of ABU's cross country season. He will lead all men's and women's cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field programs.
"We're excited to welcome Jesse to the Virginia Wesleyan family to lead this growing program at the University," Hill said. "He is a solid recruiter and his teams have excelled academically and athletically."
Weiner joins the Marlins at a time of growth and prosperity at the University, including the construction of the new Betty S. Rogers Track and Field Center in 2017.
Over the past 15 years, the VWU women's cross country/track and field program has recorded 114 all-conference performances, 15 conference champions, two ODAC Athlete of the Year honorees, and eight NCAA Division III National Championship qualifying performances. Distance runner Marissa Coombs was a four-time All-American. The men's cross country runners combined for 23 All-ODAC performances and five appearances at nationals. Track and field athletes achieved 82 All-ODAC accolades which includes 28 conference championships and seven national championship appearances.
Weiner brings 11 years of coaching experience to Virginia Beach. Most recently, he directed the cross country and track and field teams at NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus University where he guided the Battlers since 2011. While with ABU, Weiner led both the men's and women's teams to their highest outdoor Great Midwest Athletic Championship finish in school history while coaching numerous All-Conference performers. Weiner's teams also found success in the classroom as he has coached his teams to United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaching Association (USTFCCCA) Academic All-American status in nearly every season.
Before ABU, Weiner served as assistant coach for the Adrian College (MI) men's and women's track and field teams. The Bulldogs had numerous NCAA Division III national qualifiers and 16 earned titles as Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions during his tenure.
A Pennsylvania native, Weiner earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in sport management and hotel restaurant management and a master's degree in sports management from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He ran cross country and track for the Warriors while pursuing his undergraduate degree and coached while obtaining his graduate degree. Weiner holds a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification and Level 2 Certification Sprints, Hurdles and Relays.