Official Athletics site of the

2017 Women's Cross Country Coaches
Jeff Barker Image
Jeff Barker
Head Coach - 6th Season

* Enters his sixth season as head men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at USF in 2017-18

Cross Country at USF

* Has guided the men’s team to four consecutive NAIA top-8 finishes, including a national championship in 2012, a runner-up finish in 2016, and fourth-place showings in 2013 and 2015

* Led the women’s squad to four straight NAIA top-20 performances (2012-16) with back-to-back 12th-place finishes – the program’s highest ever – in 2012 and 2013

* Named NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Saints to their first-ever national championship in that sport

* A four-time CCAC Cross Country Coach of the Year (men in 2012, 2015, 2016; women in 2014)

* Has led the men’s team to four CCAC titles in the past five years (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) and a runner-up finish in 2013

* Captured CCAC women’s titles in 2014 and 2016, and guided the Saints to runner-up performances on three other occasions (2012, 2013, 2015)

* Has coached nine NAIA cross country All-Americans

Track & Field at USF

* Has coached 80 men’s and women’s NAIA track & field All-Americans

* Has led USF’s men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor teams to nine NAIA top-25 team finishes

* Guided the women’s team to its best-ever NAIA indoor (4th) and outdoor (8th) championship performances in 2017

* Helped lead USF to its first individual indoor and outdoor national championships in 2017 - Raven Kelly, outdoor hammer throw; Jenna Moody, indoor 400-meter dash

* Led the men’s squad to its highest national indoor finish (11th) in 2017 and highest national outdoor finish (19th) in 2015

Prior to USF

* Spent the 2011-12 campaign as head cross country and track & field coach at NCAA Division III Fontbonne University

* Enjoyed a successful stint as head cross country and track & field coach at Kansas Wesleyan University from 2007-11, coaching 40 NAIA national qualifiers and 20 All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference performers in men's and women's cross country and track & field

* Was named KCAC Coach of the Year on four occasions: women's cross country in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and women's indoor track & field in 2011

* Led Kansas Wesleyan to a pair of KCAC women's cross country championships (2009, 2010), while boasting five NAIA All-Americans in women's cross country, men's indoor and outdoor track & field, and women's indoor track & field

* Guided the 2010 Kansas Wesleyan women's cross country team to its first-ever national top-10 ranking

* Began his collegiate coaching career as head cross country and assistant track coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph, a post he held from 2005-07

* The first cross country coach in Calumet St. Joseph history

* Gained his initial coaching experience as assistant cross country and track coach at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana, from 2003-05

* Earned a bachelor's degree in human services and social work from Saint Joseph's (Ind.) College in 2003

Amy Polhemus
Assistant Coach - 1st Season

* Begins her first year on USF's coaching staff in 2017-18

* Also serves as intramural coordinator

Prior to USF

* Spent two years working with the North Central College women's cross country and track & field programs as a graduate assistant coach 

* Coached NCC's Madison Renfro, the 2016 NCAA Division III national championship in the 60-meter hurdles

* During her two years, NCC's women's cross country team had six all-conference runners and won the 2015 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship

* Had a stellar track & field career at Lewis University

* Earned All-America honors in the 1600-meter relay at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships

* All-conference honoree in each of her four years (2012-15) with the Flyers

* Set school records in the 400-meter hurdles, 1600-meter relay, and the distance medley relay

* Received the Christian Brothers Achievement Award Scholarship and participated in three mission trips with Messiah Lutheran Church

Jeff Chiapello Image
Jeff Chiapello
Assistant Coach - 6th Season

* Returns for his 10th season as assistant cross country and track & field coach in 2017-18

* Works with the cross country runners and coaches the middle- and long-distance runners on both the men's and women's track teams

* Serves as the Director of Academic Advising at USF

* A standout middle- to long-distance runner as a prep at Minooka High School and a collegian at NCAA Division III North Central College

* Ran a leg of Minooka’s 4x800-meter relay team that held the Minooka school record for several years until it was broken in the spring of 2008

* A part of 12 consecutive College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship cross country and track & field teams in his four years at North Central, where he specialized in the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter races

* Resides in Joliet with his wife, Mindy, and the couple's son, Levi