Jake Hurysz joins the Florida State staff as operations assistant for the men’s cross country team, where he is charged with a wide array of responsibilities as the top aide to head coach Bob Braman. He arrives in Tallahassee after spending the past 2018 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons at Ole Miss as a volunteer assistant to head coach Connie Price-Smith and assistant Ryan VanHoy.
Prior to his time in Oxford, Miss. Hurysz spent a full year as a volunteer assistant at Gonzaga University to Pat Tyson. Between his two previous collegiate stops the Mebane, N.C. native has been tasked with coaching men and women (800m-10k) – including race strategies – recruiting, meet management, oversight of workouts, strength and conditioning and variety of organizational duties. At Ole Miss he worked directly with SEC mile champion Sean Tobin, NCAA No. 9 all-time 1500 runner Robert Domanic, World Junior 5000m qualifier Clio Ozanne-Jaques (Australia) and 3000m school record-holder Shelby Brown. Beyond the collegiate level he also coached ASICS pro and 2015 NCAA 1500m champion Chad Noelle.
He launched his coaching career in the spring of 2016 as the middle distance/distance coach at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, N.J. while winding down his own professional career with the NYNJ Track Club under the legendary Frank Gagliano.
Hursyz enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career, which began at the University of North Carolina, where he was a two-time All-ACC performer on the track and the first Tar Heel to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 15 years (2012). After transferring to Colorado, he became a three-time All-American, set the Buffaloes’ school record in the mile (3:58) and contributed to the programs’ 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championship.