2018 Track and Field
Head Coach Kaylea Jachno
Contact Information for Coach JACHNO
Office phone: 419-358-3898
Bluffton University has named Kaylea Jachno as head track and field coach and coordinator
of cross country and track and field programs. Jachno comes to Bluffton after serving
for the prior two years as assistant track and field and cross country coach at Manchester
University in North Manchester, Ind. In 2016, she served as an interim assistant coach
at Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, Ind. With six years of coaching experience,
she has significant understanding of recruiting, athletics operations, and player
development. She will start July 9.
“I am excited to take on this responsibility,” said Jachno. “I hold myself to a high
standard and believe in
leading by example. I truly enjoy helping student-athletes reach their full potential on the field, in the classroom and in the community. I want to especially thank Bluffton’s athletic director, Phill Talavinia, for this opportunity.”
Jachno led the Manchester University throws team to victory in personal bests, lifetime bests, Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships, national marks and national competitions. She coached several conference champions in throws and one female athlete to both indoor and outdoor nationals. Additionally, she has coached athletes across all disciplines and created and executed all of the lifting programs for sprints, jumps, hurdles, distance and throws at Manchester.
Jachno also has volunteer experience as a track and field coach for underprivileged children in North Manchester and as an assistant coach at Keystone College in Factoryville, Pa. She is certified as a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Strength and Conditioning Coach and NCAA Strength and Conditioning Coach.
A graduate of Ashland University, Jachno competed for the Eagles as an NCAA DII thrower in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She takes over for Karen Brandt, who retired after leading both the cross country and track and field teams for the past seven years.
Assistant Coach Hunter Redman
Contact info for Coach REDMAN
Office phone: 419-358-3031
Cell Phone: 231-580-5439
Hunter Redman, a native of White Cloud, Michigan, enters his first season at Bluffton University as an assistant coach for both the track and cross country teams.
Redman, a 2013 graduate of White Cloud High School, exceled athletically in three different sports. Competing within the Michigan High School Athletic Association, he gained four varsity letters with the Indians and was awarded All-State accolades nine times in track. His performance on the track set multiple school records, including the 800m run (1:56.76), the 4x400m relay (3:31.31), and the 4x200m relay (1:32.70) which are still in place today. Redman continued his running career at Ferris State University as a sprinter and mid-distance runner.
In 2014 and 2015, he volunteered as an assistant coach for White Cloud High School. While striving to continue his coaching career in 2016-17, he was an intern assistant coach for the track and cross country teams at Ferris State.
Redman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in sports communication with a concentration in leadership and project management from Ferris State University in 2017. He is now pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at Bluffton University with a concentration in leadership while residing in Bluffton.
Assistant Coach Jason Fisher - Throws
Jason Fisher enters his fifth season at Bluffton University as an assistant coach with the Track and Field program. Fisher brings an impressive array of honors to his position working with the University's throwers.
Fisher, a 2006 graduate of Parkway High School, was a three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball and track and field. He is the school record holder in the shot put and discus at Parkway and earned OHSAA All-Ohio honors in the shot put. A Bluffton University graduate (2011 - Sports Management), Fisher holds five of the program's school records: Indoor shot put 50' 6.25" and weight 56' 2.5"; outdoor shot put 53' 0.75"; discus 151' 2"; and hammer 179' 9". He was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) All-Conference all four years as a Bluffton track and field athlete and was named 2nd Team All-HCAC in football during his sophomore year. In 2007, Fisher was named the HCAC Track & Field Freshman of the Year; he was the 2008 HCAC Discus conference champion; the 2009 Hammer champion; and 2010 HCAC Hammer and Shot Put champion, earning him that year's HCAC Field Athlete of the Year award. On the national level, Fisher was a multiple national championship provisional qualifier: 2009 indoor shot put and outdoor hammer; 2010 indoor weight as well as outdoor hammer and shot put.
Prior to this season, Fisher coached three years (2011 to 2013) as an assistant for the throwing events at Parkway. From 2012 to 2013 he was also the high school junior varsity boys basketball coach.
Fisher resides in Rockford and is employed at the Fremont Company.
Assistant Coach Keri McCoy - Jumps
Keri (Hilty) McCoy is entering her seventh season at Bluffton as an assistant coach with the Track and Field program. Coach McCoy works with a variety of track disciplines, including the hurdles, jumps and sprints.
McCoy, a 2003 Bluffton High School graduate, was a seven-time OHSAA All-Ohio honoree in both individual and relay events (800 meters, high jump, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800) and was runner-up in the 800 meters in her senior year with a time of 2:15.54. As a Cedarville University (2008 - Exercise Science) athlete, McCoy continued to excel. In 2004 she was the American Mideast Conference champion at 800 meters and she also qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NAIA national championships in the high jump. In 2007, McCoy produced her career best time at 800 meters (2:10.96) placing second in the NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships. Throughout her collegiate career, McCoy was a seven-time All-American athlete in a combination of individual and relay events, placing among the top eight finishers at the NAIA national championship meets: three times indoors at 600 meters; one time outdoors at 800 meters; one time indoors in the 4 x 800 meter relay; one time indoors in the 4 x 400; and one time outdoors in the 4 x 400.
McCoy started her coaching career at Bluffton High school in 2008, working with the cross country program and saw immediate success with a boy's regional qualifier in both 2008 and 2009. In 2009 McCoy worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Findlay where she coached jumpers and produced an NCAA Division II national qualifier in the high jump. She joined the staff at Bluffton University in 2012.
McCoy resides in Bluffton with her husband, Aric, and is employed as a personal trainer at Bluffton Family Recreation.
Assistant Coach Clint Dillon - Pole Vault
Clint Dillon enters his fifth season at Bluffton University as an assistant coach with the Track and Field program, specializing in pole vault.
A 2005 graduate of Bluffton University (Middle Childhood Education), Dillon is in the record books for the outdoor pole vault with a best clearance of 15' 11" set in 2004. He is the 2002 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) pole vault champion as well as a three-time NCAA Division III National Track and Field championship qualifier. Dillon placed 4th in the event in the 2004 national championship meet, earning him All-American status.
As a coach at Arlington High School, Dillon has coached two state qualifiers in the event, producing the 2013 Division III OHSAA girls' pole vault champion.
Dillon completed his master's degree from the University of Toledo/Bluffton University in 2010 in technology and education and currently teaches at Arlington High School as a business and technology teacher. He resides in Forest with his wife, Brittany, and their two children.