Coach Jordon Andreassen is entering her first year as the head coach, but fifth year overall at Graceland University. Andreassen, who served as the interim head coach for both cross country and track and field, arrived on campus as an assistant coach at Graceland in December 2013.
She has coached multiple events throughout her time at Graceland, including but not limited to throws, high jump, 100 meter, 110-meter hurdles and combined events. Her other duties as an assistant coach included recruiting, coordinating visit days, creating meet schedule, monitoring academic progress, managing the budget and arranging travel to name a few.
Before arriving at Graceland, Andreassen worked as a private track and field coach in Ames and Nevada, Iowa, right out of college. She worked with high school and middle school age athletes in jumps, springs and throwing events, while creating individual training programs for each athlete based on their ability.
While in college, Andreassen worked as a camp counselor at the Iowa State Track and Field winter camp.
Andreassen competed as a heptathlete at Iowa State University, where she was an eight-time letter winner. Competing for the Cyclones, she was a four-time All-Big 12 Conference performer. She finished her career ranked third in the pentathlon and heptathlon on the Iowa State All-Time Performance List. She qualified for the USATF Junior National in high jump and heptathlon, placing third in the heptathlon.
Andreassen graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences. In May 2017, she earned her Master of Science in Sport Management.
Noteables in Coaching Career…
- National Qualifiers (9)
- All-Americans (2)
- Heart Conference Champions (6)
- Conference Point Scorers (80+)
- School Records Broken (3)
Coach Jeff Johannes is entering his third season as the Jumps/Sprints coach for the men’s and women’s track and field teams. In his two seasons with Graceland University, Coach Johannes has had four All Americans and 11 National Qualifiers, along with five Conference champions and six runner-up Conference Champions. He has also coached athlete's to break school records in the men's long jump and women's 60m. He has coached the No. 1 ranked men's long jumper in NAIA with a jump of 25'3.25 and the second ranked women's long jumper in the nation. He has also coached the Heart Conference athlete of the week five times and two long jump meet records.
High school coaching highlights - He coached a female long jumper who was… the 2015 USA Junior Championships in Eugene, the Oregon Long Jump All-American Medalist (19'2.50), #20 by Track & Field News with a jump (19'10.25) in 2014, she was Iowa's All-Time High School Girls Long Jump leader, a five-time state record holder in the Long Jump, the 2015 New Balance Indoor Nationals Long Jump Emerging Elite Champion, 2013 World Youth Trials Long Jump Competitor, 2012 Youth Championships Long Jump Silver Medalist and 2015 Bronze Medalist, a three-time Junior Olympic Long Jump medalist, a two-time Junior Olympic Triple Jump medalist, the 2015 USA Region 8 Long Jump Champion, 2015 Big River Series Long Jump Champion, and the USA Iowa Indoor and Outdoor Long Jump Champion and Runner Champion.
He coached the 2015 Team Iowa Girls "Senior Spotlight" in the horizontal jumps. His long jumpers went 1-2-3 on the medal stand with jumps of 19'8.50 (season best & meet record), 19'2.25 (PR by a foot) and 18'2 was a (PR by six inches), respectively. He has also coached many athletes to the Jr. Olympics and National Championships.
Coach Jeff Johannes has been coaching track & field for 12 years, while specializing in the horizontal jumps, sprints & relays. Coach Johannes has a strong background in personal training, strength & conditioning, speed & agility instructor. He holds a USA Level 1 track & field coaching certification.
Coach Tom Shore will be entering his first year coaching at Graceland University as the Pole Vault coach.
Tom competed for Graceland where he placed top 3 in the HAAC indoor championships, as well as an indoor national qualifier in the pole vault.
Before Graceland, he competed at Fullerton College in California where he started Pole Vaulting under the guidance of Coach Estelle Naito. He competed in meets such as the Southern California Championships and the Mt. SAC Relays.
After competing, Tom coached for a season there where he helped an athlete make it to the SoCal finals in pole vault.
Tom has a level 1 coaching certificate from USATF as well as a Bachelors in Psychology from Graceland University.