Two former Olympians join staff as volunteer coaches
Oct. 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field program has announced the additions of two new volunteer assistant coaches in that of Richard Jones and Jackie Ulm. They join John Lintz (pole vault) and Joel Brown (hurdles/sprints) who are also on the staff as volunteer assistants.
Jones returns as a volunteer coach with the Buckeyes after 10 years as a head coach at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, Ohio. At Bishop his team rewrote the state records in all sprint events in Division II. Over a four year stretch, the team was either state champs (2009, 2011) or state runners-up (2008, 2010). His team was consistently ranked as one of the top teams in the state and several athletes and relays were nationally ranked. In 2010 he coached his first national championship team in the girls 4x200m.
Competing for the Buckeyes from 1992-1996, Jones was a multiple Big Ten champion, All-American, and national champion in 1993 (4x400m). From 1996-2001, he was a volunteer coach for the Buckeyes while training to compete for his native country of Guyana, who he represented in the 1996 Olympics running the 400m and 4x400m relay.
Ulm, who will work with directly with the women throwers, made her first Olympic team in 2004 with a qualifying mark of 68.83m/225-10. The mark earned her an Olympic berth despite her 4th place Olympic Trials finish. Ulm owns the NCAA Division II record in the 20-pound weight (20.53m/67-4.25) and also the all-time NCAA Division II mark in the hammer throw (64.86m/212-9).
Ulm won five NCAA Division II national championships, three in the hammer throw and two in the weight throw. She was a 10-time All-American, and in 2002 she was honored as the most valuable female athlete at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships. Ulm won nine GLIAC championships during her four years at Ashland and established school records in the hammer and 20-pound weight.
Assisting Ulm will be former Buckeye thrower, Maggie Mullen, as a student coach. Maggie will assist with day-to-day conditioning and training of the women throwers. She will also conduct throws training for the multi-event athletes. Having completed her last season of competition in the spring of 2012, Mullen was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and holds the Ohio State school record in the javelin (50.65m/166-2.00). Mullen was honored with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2012.