Oregon Institute of Technology

Men's Cross Country Coaches

Jack Kegg

Jack Kegg, Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach

Jack Kegg enters his fifth year as head cross country and track & field coach at Oregon Tech when the 2015 season begins this August. 

In four years, leading both the Owl women and men, Kegg saw his teams jump into the NAIA polls in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  The Lady Owls finished the amazing 2014 season in historic fashion, improving on their poll rank of 18 to finish 11th, the highest move in the country-seven spots.  Mary Matchett and Elissa Stoltz became the first NAIA All-Americans on the women’s side in school-history.  Kegg led the women’s team to a third place showing at the 2014 cross country Cascade Conference championships, their best finish ever in the CCC, while taking the Tech team to their first-ever national championships in 2014.

Kegg’s men’s cross country team continued where it had left off the previous season, receiving votes in all eight national polls in 2014. This made 30-straight weeks that Tech received votes, placing them in the top 30 in the NAIA.  At the 2014 CCC championship the men defeated NCU for the first time in four tries in 2014, earning their first-ever team bid to the NAIA national championships. The Owls improved two places from their 26th poll spot to 24th at the national championships.

Prior to Oregon Tech, Kegg served 5 years as an assistant coach at Eastern Oregon University (2006-2011) and 10 years as the head track coach at Clackamas Community College (1997-2006). In 2001 Kegg was invited to coach at the Olympic Training Center during the Emerging- Elite Decathlon Camp, was a past President of USA Track and Field in Oregon and is a past NAIA Indoor Games Committee member.

In both cross country and track and field Kegg has coached 47 NAIA national qualifiers, 9 NAIA All- Americans and 25 NAIA scholar athletes for the Owls. In his career Kegg has coached 104 NAIA national qualifiers, 22 NAIA All-Americans 40 NAIA Scholar athletes, 288 JC All-Americans, four National Junior College record holders and nine US National or Olympic Trial Qualifiers.

Jack graduated from Western Oregon University with a B.S in Mathematics while also beginning his college coaching career at WOU as a graduate assistant in 1994.  Jack and his wife, Laura, are the parents of Nora, Eli, and Connor. 

Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz, Assistant Coach

Laura Schwartz is in her fifth season as a volunteer assistant coach for cross country and track and field at Oregon Tech, and brings over 26 years of track and cross country coaching experience.

Most recently, Schwartz served four years as part-time volunteer assistant coach at Eastern Oregon University and was the head coach at La Grande High School in both cross country and track & field from 2008-2010 after assisting those programs the two previous years. At LHS, Schwartz coached Greater Oregon League Team Championships in cross country: 2008 & 2009, and in track & field 2009 - 2010.

Schwartz was also a volunteer assistant coach for cross country, and track and field, at Clackamas Community College, from 2003-04 where she helped in the distance and multi events.

Coach Schwartz spent eighteen years as a USATF youth coach in Las Vegas and in Portland. Schwartz has coached 45 USATF Individual All-Americans in cross country and track & field, including a USATF Cross Country National Championship team, Midget Girls in 2001. Schwartz was also named USATF-Oregon Coach of the Year 2002 and had the USATF-Oregon Team of the Year 2003.

Laura graduated from Western Oregon University with a Master in Education.  Laura and her husband, Jack, are the parents of Debra, William, Nora, Eli, and Connor.

Coach Schwartz’s Athletic Background

  • Olympic Trials Qualifier: Track and Field (1980)
  • NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country, Third place team 1978.
  • NCAA All American: Track and Field (1979)
  • Ranked Top 8 in the USA, Women’s 800m (1978, 1979, and 1980)
  • Community College All American: Track and Field (1977, 1978)
  • California Community College Cross Country, Third place team 1977
  • California Community College Cross Country Champions 1976.
  • Academic All American (1976 to 1979)