Coach jack Hoyt
Jack Hoyt was hired in 2017 to lead the Azusa Pacific track and field program, joining the Cougars with nearly 30 years of collegiate coaching experience including the previous five years as associate head coach at UCLA.
Hoyt coached the jumps and multi-events at UCLA, and his previous coaching experience includes seven years at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and over a decade of coaching at his alma mater Seattle Pacific with the last six (2000-05) as head coach, giving him over 20 total years of coaching experience across two divisions of NCAA competition (Division I & II).
Hoyt inherits a program which claimed 30 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national titles and produced 14 Olympians before Azusa Pacific's transition to NCAA Division II membership. In the first three years of the program's NCAA era, the Cougars have produced eight individual national champions and 26 All-Americans in track and field and cross country, along with four top-10 team finishes at NCAA national championship meets.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Hoyt has served as the World University Games head coach for Team USA in 2015. He is the coach of two-time Olympian Sharon Day-Monroe, who competed at Cal Poly-SLO and went on to win six U.S. national championships (three heptathlon, three pentathlon). Day-Monroe set the American indoor record in the pentathlon (4,805 points) in 2014, claiming her third consecutive U.S. championship in the event.
Hoyt was an All-American decathlete at Seattle Pacific, and he competed in the decathlon at the 1992 U.S. Olympic trials. In 1990, he broke the American record for the decathlon high jump, clearing 2.20 meters (7-feet, 2.75-inches), and he still owns Seattle Pacific's school record in the high jump. While coaching at Seattle Pacific, Hoyt led the Falcons to five Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's titles (three indoor, two outdoor) and was a three-time GNAC Coach of the Year.
Coach Hoyt has worked with kids and run track camps for the last 37 years. He is the father of two kids who are on the club team as well.
Coach Sara Almen
Sara Almen recently completed her second year as an Assistant Coach with the Auburn Track and Field program. After a stellar collegiate career in which she competed in the 2016 US Olympic Trials in the High Jump, Almen entered the coaching ranks where she has worked primarily with the jumpers and multi-event athletes.
A standout two-sport athlete while at Oregon State, Almen competed in both volleyball and track and field for the Beavers, earning All-PAC 12 honors. She began study for her master’s degree while finishing her collegiate eligibility at Auburn.
While at Oregon State, she became OSU’s first female field event participant at an NCAA postseason event since 1988 when she competed in the high jump at the West Regional in Austin, Texas and was the top freshman finisher. She was Oregon State’s second-highest finisher in any event at the conference championships since the reinstatement of the program in 2005. Her performance at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships (5'10") was the best for any freshman since Brigetta Barrett (2012 Olympic Silver Medalist) placed third in 2010. Almen still stands as sixth on OSU’s all-time outdoor list and fourth on the all-time indoor list (5'11.25").
During her time on the Auburn University coaching staff, Coach Almen was a part of five Top 20 NCAA finishes, three for men’s team and two for the women’s team. On the track Almen has assisted in developing SEC scorers in the high jump, triple jump, heptathlon and decathlon.
Almen received her Bachelor's Degree in Digital Communication Arts (Minor in Business) from Oregon State in 2016, while earning her Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Auburn University in 2017.
A native of Albany, Oregon, Almen won four state titles at Santiam Christian High School in track & field (3x High Jump, 1x 4x100m) and two in volleyball.
Coach Almen also has experience coaching kids ages 5-18 both in volleyball and track and field.
Coach James Jones
Coach James Jones is a former APU Cougar that specialized in the throwing events. He is a 3x All-American and PacWest Conference record holder in the Shot Put. Jones was named the PacWest Field Athlete of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Before transferring to Azusa Pacific University, he attended Riverside City College where he was a Southern California State Champion. He is now a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach and will be coaching the throws events during our clinics and club season.