Coach Wilmes by the Numbers
7 Conference Champions
113 All-Big 12
Seven Drake Relay Top-Five Relay Teams in Four Years
One Cross Country Runner in each of the Past Six NCAA Championships
Former Big Eight Champions (800m)
Assistant track and field coach Jared Wilmes heads into his 11th year on the Tiger coaching staff. While concentrating on the men's distance runners, Wilmes also oversees the entire cross country program. Partnered with his wife, Rebecca, the Wilmes' have developed a talented group of middle-distance and distance runners that have the potential to be a force in the conference and in the country.
On the track Wilmes's main focus is coaching the men's middle distance and distance runners. In 2009, Wilmes saw eight of his student-athletes qualify for NCAA Regional competition, five of whom earned All-Big 12 honors while scoring points for Mizzou at the Big 12 Championships.
As with Missouri tradition, the Tiger presence and top performance at the prestigious Drake Relays has been a priority to Wilmes. In the last four years, at least one Wilmes-coached relay has placed in top three and in the same amount of time, seven relay squads have reached top-five status. In fact, the Mizzou 4x800-relay squad has placed in the top five at Drake in four of the last six years.
The 4x1600-meter squad in 2007 took runner-up honors. Mizzou's distance medley relay took third in 2008.
In 2006, the 4x800m relay squad of Jimmie Jones, Blake Figgins, Neville Miller and Marcus Mayes won the title in dominate fashion. The next day, Jones, Miller, and Mayes joined Matt Noonan in taking the distance medley relay title by nearly seven seconds. Wilmes' 4x1600-meter squad also placed in the top five that year during the historic Tiger showing.
In his time at Missouri, Wilmes has coached 11 All-Americans and seven Big 12 Conference Champions.
In addition to success on the collegiate level, Wilmes has guided several Tigers and former Tigers to success at the national and international level. In 2004, Wilmes coached former Tiger Derrick Peterson to a third-place finish at the USATF Olympic Trials in the 800m run and a berth on the USA Olympic Team. Peterson ran a personal-best time of 1:45.08 at the Olympic Trials to make the team. At the Olympic Games in Athens, Peterson finished fourth in a tactical race, just missing qualifying for the next round. At the 2004 USATF Junior National Championship, Mayes made the USA Junior Team that competed in Grosetto, Italy, at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships.
As the head cross country coach, Wilmes' teams have continually been amongst the Big 12's top half, doing so in five of the last six seasons on the men's side and four of the last eight on the women's side. In 2008, senior Garett Jeffries qualified as an individual for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, marking the sixth-consecutive season Missouri has had an individual qualify for the race. Jeffries earned All-Region honors as well in the 2008 cross country season. Freshman Kaitie Vanatta qualified for the NCAA Championships during the 2009 season.
Wilmes, a Hopkins, Mo., native, has been a mainstay at the University of Missouri. Involved in Mizzou athletics for more than 15 years as a student-athlete, coach and staff member, Wilmes competed at MU from 1990-95 and developed into one of the best middle distance athletes in Missouri history. In addition to earning four All-American titles, the three-time team captain was a Big Eight champion in the 800m run and claimed multiple wins at the prestigious Drake, Kansas and Florida relays.
The winner of several Academic All-America awards, Wilmes was a magna cum laude 1994 honors graduate at Mizzou, earning a dual degree in agriculture economics and business. Wilmes served as a graduate assistant coach for Missouri track and cross country for three years (1995-98) and stayed on with the athletic department for the next two years as an economic analyst in the Tiger business office. During his days as a graduate assistant, Wilmes was involved in all aspects of the program, including a heavy focus on recruiting. Wilmes is currently a USATF Level II certified coach.
Wilmes is married to the former Rebecca Davis, a two-time track All-American at Missouri and Assistant Cross Country Coach. The Wilmes' have two children, Garrett (6) and Elyse (3).