Jeff Jakmides is in his fourth year as an assistant track & field coach at Walsh University. Jakmides formerly assisted at Ohio Dominican University (2013-14), where he also served as strength and conditioning coach and as volunteer assistant at Capital University (2012-13).
During his first season with the Maroon and Gold in 2014 he coached Walsh’s first national qualifier in a throwing event. Now in his fourth year he has coached 29 provisional qualifiers in throwing events, including a provisional qualifier in every throwing discipline (shot, discus, hammer, javelin, weight throw). Of those 29, one was an automatic qualifier and six made appearances at the national championships. Since then Walsh athletes have broken 10 of the 12 school records in throwing events, had eight event squad rankings in the NCAA Division II Top 15, five in the top 10, and two First Team All-Americans.
At the 2018 outdoor track & field national championships, he coached Marcus Myers to a national championship in the hammer throw. It was the Cavaliers first national champion in the NCAA-era and third in the history of the program.
At Ohio Dominican, he coached four provisional qualifiers, two in throws and two others under the strength and conditioning program. Prior to his arrival at Ohio Dominican, they only had one previous provisional qualifier. Both the men’s and women’s team demonstrated significant improvement in the weight room.
Jeff was mentored in form/technique in strength and conditioning by Thomas Myslinski, the current Jacksonville Jaguars Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Jeff earned his Bachelors in Exercise Science, focusing on Strength and Conditioning from Ashland University. He earned All-GLIAC honors as a freshman in the Decathlon and received honors twice in the javelin. Jeff also received All-GLIAC Academic honors.
Originally from Alliance, Jakmides prepped at St. Thomas Aquinas, where he lettered in the track and field. He was a two-time state qualifier in the discus.
He resides in North Canton and will be getting married to Walsh alumna Theresa Oliverio ('12) this summer.