BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College Interim Director of Athletics Tim Curry recently announced the hiring of Jamie Ness as the head coach for the Bulldog and Lady Bulldog cross country and track & field programs.
"We are excited to have Jamie join our staff and take over the cross country and track & field programs here at Union," said Curry. "He is young but has a few years of coaching under his belt already, and we look forward to seeing him put his touch on the programs."
Ness comes to Union after serving as an assistant at Transylvania (Ky.) University since January of 2011, helping during two track seasons and one cross country campaign. While there, he oversaw the sprinters and hurdlers. Prior to that, Ness was the head coach at Blacksburg (Va.) Middle School for three years.
"I'm really excited to get a chance to something I enjoy doing for a living," said Ness. "When I was in Blacksburg, I had no plans to be a coach, but I fell in love with it, and I am now excited to get a chance to purse this."
A native of Marion, Va., Ness graduated from Berea (Ky.) College in 2005 with a degree in business administration. In May of 2012, he received his masters in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky.
During his time at Berea, Ness was a two-time national qualifier to the NAIA Cross Country National Championship Meet. He also ran a variety of long distances for the Berea track time from the 800-meter run to the half marathon.
Ness continues to compete in track & field to this day, participating in the throwing events.
Union has had great success in its track & field programs in recent years. The men's track & field team won the Appalachian Athletic Conference championships in 2009 and 2010, while the women also won the 2010 crown. In addition, Union produced two individual national champions as well as a national champion relay team.
"I want to get Union back to being a national presence," said Ness.
"The most satisfying thing about coaching is seeing improve," he added, "and it's my desire to help our student-athletes to be the best they can be."
Ness is married, and his wife, Gabrielle, is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Kentucky.
The Union women's and men's track teams placed second and fourth, respectively, at the 2012 AAC Meet. The Bulldog cross country team finished sixth at the 2011 conference meet.