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2016 Women's Cross Country Coaches
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Jeff Barker
Head Coach - 5th Season

* Enters his fifth season as head men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at USF in 2016-17

Cross Country at USF

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

* Has led the women’s squad to four straight NAIA top-20 performances 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 three-time CCAC Cross Country Coach of the Year (men in 2012, 2015; women in 2014)

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

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

* Has coached eight NAIA cross country All-Americans

Track & Field at USF

* Has coached 66 men’s and women’s NAIA track & field All-Americans

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

* Guided the women’s team to its best-ever NAIA indoor (14th) and outdoor (13th) championship performances in 2016

* Led the men’s squad to its 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

 
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Wes Wheeler
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

* Begins his second season at USF in 2016-17

* Has coached at the college and prep levels since 1996

* Coached hurdles, sprints and relays at Noblesville (Ind.) High School (2013), Lawrence North (Ind.) High School (2012-13), Hinsdale Central High School (2010-11) and Plainfield North High School (2005-08)

* Also served as assistant girls’ cross country coach at Plainfield North in 2008

* Gained his first collegiate coaching experience as head cross country and track & field coach at Robert Morris University Illinois, a post he held from 1996-99

* Coached sprints, hurdles, relays, throws and jumps at Benedictine (Ill.) University from 1998-2000

* Served as head cross country coach at Dominican (Ill.) University from 2003-05

* Holds a USA Track & Field Level I Coaching Certification and a USATF Academy Technical Certification

* Earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts (1993) and a master’s degree in secondary education (2009) from Lewis University

* A five-time national qualifier in track & field at Lewis in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs

* Claimed NCAA Division II All-America recognition in the indoor 800-meter run in 1988

 
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Jeff Chiapello
Assistant Coach - 5th Season

* Returns for his ninth season as assistant cross country and track & field coach in 2016-17

* 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