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 fourth year as head cross country and track & field coach at Oregon Tech when the 2014 season begins this August. In just three years, leading both the Owl women and men, Kegg saw his teams jump into the NAIA polls in 2012 & 2013.  The women, in their best season on record, received votes during 5 consecutive weeks of national polling in 2012 placing the Tech women harriers in the top 30 teams in the NAIA.  On the men's side, the Tech harriers received votes for the last eight weeks of the season in 2012 and all ten polls in 2013 placing them in the top-30 cross country teams in the NAIA for the last two years. Several of those weeks the men’s team was ranked in the top 25, with a school record-high of 15th.   Both teams come off their best finishes in conference history with the men placing 4th and the women 5th in the ever tough Cascade Collegiate Conference.  During his tenure Kegg has coached 10 of the top 25 men and 10 of the top 20 women in Tech history. Including, both the men’s and women’s school record holders, Paul Adams 24:19 (8k) and Sara Howard 18:20 (5k).

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). Kegg has coached 21 NAIA national qualifiers and 15 NAIA All- Americans for the owls. In his career Kegg has coached 81 NAIA national qualifiers, 28 NAIA All-Americans, 288 JC All-Americans, four National Junior College record holders and nine US National or Olympic Trial Qualifiers. 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.

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 (23), Eli (21), and Connor (17). 

Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz, Assistant Coach

Laura Schwartz is in her fourth 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 (30), William (28), Nora (23), Eli (21), and Connor (17).

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)