Jennifer McCoy will join the ISU track and field/cross country teams as a first-year graduate assistant. McCoy graduated from Ball State with a degree in English and creative writing and a minor in web technology and computer science. She is currently a second year creative writing masters student.
She served as the assistant track and field coach in throws and multi-events at Sterling College from 2006-07. At Sterling, McCoy was responsible for pre-season training for all student-athletes except cross country runners. All six of her throwers and pole vaulters achieved season and personal bests in their events, while one freshman competed in both the indoor and outdoor NAIA Nationals under McCoy.
McCoy comes to Illinois State with knowledge and experience in multi-events and relays. She is the Ball State record holder in the pentathlon and heptathlon and the 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay. McCoy was a double NCAA Division I national competitor in the heptathlon and qualified for the indoor nationals in the pentathlon in 2006. She also became the Mid-American Conference champion in the heptathlon in 2004 and 2006, while being named to the MAC Outdoor First-Team and MAC Indoor Second Team from 2004-06. McCoy was named the MAC Athlete of the Week once during her four-year career. She served as the co-captain of the women's track and field team from 2004-06
McCoy was an AAU and USA National Track and Field National Competitor. She also hold titles as a National, Regional and State champion in multiple events over 12 years of competition, while holding numerous state and regional records.