DEMOREST, Ga. – Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Peeples announced the hiring of Jamie Jimison as the Director of Cross Country and Track & Field for Piedmont College beginning this summer.
Jimison comes to Piedmont with over 15 years of coaching experience and spent the last nine seasons in Iowa with NAIA Mount Mercy University.
Prior to the 2017 track & field campaign, he was named Director of Track & Field and Cross Country for the Mustangs after serving as the track & field head coach while assisting on the cross country team.
The Sardinia, Ohio native saw much success during his tenure with Mount Mercy as he coached 23 NAIA track & field All-Americans including two national champions and 68 individual championship qualifiers.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to take the reins of the program at Piedmont," Jimison said. "The athletic department and the college are doing fantastic things and I am privileged to now be a part of it. I would like to thank everyone at Piedmont that has been a part of the hiring and orientation process, particularly Jim Peeples and his wife Laura for all the kindness and hospitality that they have shown."
His athletes have maintained success in the classroom as well, garnering 37 NAIA track & field scholar athlete selections and 16 scholar teams.
Prior to his stint in Cedar Rapids, Jimison served as the head coach of the men's and women's track & field and cross country programs at Union College. Jimison presided over and grew the newly reinstated program that had been inactive of more than 10 years.
In four seasons with Bulldogs, Jimison coached 10 NAIA All-Americans including one national champion, five NAIA scholar athletes, 41 individual NAIA championship qualifiers and two top-20 NAIA team finishes in the NAIA championships.
In 2009, he was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Men's Coach of the Year after leading his team to the conference championship.
"Jamie Jimison brings a wealth of successful head coaching experience to the Piedmont College cross country and track & field programs," Peeples said. "His commitment to the overall personal development of the student athletes in his programs are a key component to the success he has had throughout his coaching career.
"We are confident that he will build on the rich tradition of our cross country and track & field programs as they move into the future. I am very happy to welcome Jamie and his family to our Piedmont College athletic family."
Jimison brings familiarity of the USA South Athletic Conference with him as he coached and ran for Berea College. Jimison spent one season as an assistant coach and led three athletes to the NAIA championships.
"My goals at Piedmont begin with the needs of the student-athletes," Jimison said. "I want to help them achieve their athletic, academic and ultimately their professional goals and give a great athletic experience along the way. Coach Jenkins, did an amazing job growing and bringing success to the programs. I would like to build on what he has done and make an immediate impact within the USA South and region.
"With the commitment Piedmont has displayed to student-athlete success, in the classroom and on the field, the cross country and track & field programs can achieve consistent and significant national relevance in the coming years."
A four-year member of the Mountaineer's squad, Jimison was a three-time NAIA national qualifier in cross country and qualified for the NAIA track & field championships in the steeplechase.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in physical education in 2004 from Berea and earned a Master of Arts at Union.
He holds USATF Level 2 Certification in sprints, hurdles and relays.
Release courtesy of the Piedmont sports information department.