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6378-Malone University invites community to “Welcome Back, Jack” in honor of Olympic Coach Jack Hazen

6378-August 16, 2012

Jack Hazen

Malone University is inviting the community to "Welcome Back, Jack!" in honor of Team USA long distance running coach, Jack Hazen, Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. The program is free and open to the public.

Jack Hazen will share stories and take questions about his most recent assignment – coaching Team USA's men's long distance runners to their most successful Olympic appearance in nearly 50 years. The evening will include highlights, fun anecdotes, interviews, questions, and answers from Coach Hazen's recent Olympic experience.

Jack Hazen has served as head coach of men's cross country at Malone University for 45 years and as women's cross country head coach for 21 years. His men's program still ranks as the all-time winningest program as ranked by the NAIA and his 1972 men's team became the first Malone team to earn an NAIA national championship while his 1999 women's team became the second. In the fall of 2007, Hazen's men's cross country team captured the men's program's second NAIA national title in school history while his team actually completed a "perfect" season having finished first in every meet in which it competed. The Pioneer men backed up their incredible 2007 campaign with another national championship in 2008 as the squad held the NAIA's #1 national ranking from the season's start to finish. Then, in the fall of 2009, the men's program collected an incredible "three-peat" by capturing its third straight NAIA national title.

Hazen's men's squad has qualified for the NAIA national meet each and every year, having never lost a conference/district meet in the program's history. In addition, his men's team has 35 top-ten NAIA national finishes. The team has also won eight All-Ohio titles, the last one in 2008. Notably, Malone is the only small school to have won the overall Ohio team title.

Jack has also coached men's track & field for 28 years and women's for three years. He has coached more than 325 NAIA All-Americans in cross country and track & field, which represents over 80 percent of the All-Americans in all of Malone athletics history.

In February 2011, Jack was named to the men's track & field coaching staff for the 2012 Olympic Games. In addition to working with the men's distance runners for Team USA at the London Olympics, he has had several previous international coaching opportunites. He was named Head Manager for the 1999 Junior Pan American Track & Field Team and was twice named as U.S. Coach for men's cross country at the World Championships in Boston and Capetown, South Africa. He was also selected the Assistant Coach for the U.S. World Championship meet in Helsinki, Finland in 2005. Jack has coached two Olympians and served on the Track & Field Competition Management Team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

A member of the USA Track & Field Board of Directors, Jack has written textbooks on coaching and has been published numerous times. But most importantly, he has impacted many lives for Christ at Malone University.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330.471.8239
Cell: 330.324.2424


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