Director of Track and Field/Cross-Country
Jeff Bolender has been at Cedarville University since 2001 and has been the head coach of the Yellow Jacket men's and women's track and field teams since the 2004 season. He was named the head women's cross country coach in December, 2009.
The 2012-13 academic year was the school’s first active season in NCAA Division II. The Yellow Jackets had one male athlete qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship and three men qualify for the outdoor meet.
The Jackets experienced an outstanding track & field campaign in 2012. Cedarville won the NCCAA Women’s Indoor Championship for the fifth time in school history while the men were the outdoor runner-up. Both teams won the Ohio Independent Championship.
Bolender guided the Lady Jackets to three consecutive NCCAA Indoor Championships from 2007 through 2009, the 2007 outdoor title, and back-to-back American Mideast Conference crowns in 2008 and 2009. His 2007 women’s squad was the NAIA national outdoor runner-up plus he owns a three NAIA Top 10 finishes indoors and two more outdoors.
The Yellow Jacket men claimed NCCAA indoor banners in 2006 and 2007 as well as the 2011 NCCAA outdoor and AMC titles. Cedarville also finished in the NAIA Top 10 twice indoors and once outdoors.
Bolender’s first women’s cross country team placed 10th in the NAIA in 2010 and they were also the American Mideast Conference runner-up. The Lady Jackets won the inaugural Great Midwest Athletic Conference title in 2012 and repeated as champions in 2013.
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Jason Scott, a former Yellow Jacket All-America pole vaulter, joined the athletic department as the men’s and women’s track & field assistant coach beginning with the 2013-14 academic year.
Scott returns to his alma mater after serving on staff at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri. He was the Trojans’ assistant coach for cross country and track & field from 2009-13.
Scott is the most decorated pole vaulter in the history of CU track & field. He was a two-time NAIA indoor national champion and won the outdoor title once during his career from 2004 through 2007. He was a five-time NAIA All-American in the event.
The Clayton, Ohio native owns the top ten all-time Yellow Jacket marks indoors featuring the school record at 17-8.50. He has CU’s top nine outdoor efforts including the school record at 17-1.
Scott has remained competitive since graduation. He qualified for the 2009 and 2010 USA Indoor Championships placing as high as fourth. He also qualified for the 2010 Outdoor Championship.
Scott earned a degree in exercise science from the University in 2007. He achieved a masters degree in sports coaching from the United States Sports Academy in 2011.
Jason and his wife, Bethany (Davies), reside in Springfield. She is a 2009 CU graduate and was a five-time NAIA America sprinter for the Lady Jackets.