Jarrett Blankenship was hired to lead the Southern Vermont men's and women's cross country teams as well as the SVC outdoor track & field program in August 2017. He came to SVC from Western Kentucky University where was an assistant for the Division I Hilltopper programs the previous year.
Blankenship worked at Western Kentucky after receiving his Master of Science Degree in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from the institution in May 2016. Prior to his tenure at WKU, the Kentucky native held multiple roles at Warren East High School in Bowling Green since the spring of 2012; he was an assistant for the track & field and cross country teams for four seasons before taking on the head boys’ cross country coaching position for the fall of 2015.
Blankenship worked as an athletic recruiter and student assistant coach at Berea College while obtaining his bachelor’s in Physical Education. As a runner at Berea, he was a three-time qualifier for the NAIA national championship in cross country while also working his way to a spot on the 2009 All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Team. Additionally, he was a two-time NAIA Champion of Character Award recipient.
The Southern Vermont head coach received his USA Track & Field Level I Certification in February 2012 before acquiring his National Association of Athletic Compliance Certification in December 2015.