David St. John joined the SDSU staff as an assistant track and field coach full time in 2009 after serving as interim assistant coach midway through the 2008-09 season, helping primarily with the jumpers.
During his stint as interim coach, St. John coached two conference champions and regional qualifiers in the men’s and women’s high jump and triple jump, with one triple jumper making it to the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships. The Jacks also had female athletes jump their way into the all-time top-10 list, four in the long jump, three in the triple jump and two in the high jump. On the men’s side, three athletes found their way to the top 10 in the high jump, one in the long jump and one in the triple jump.
Before joining the SDSU track and field coaching staff, St. John was an assistant track and field coach at Black Hills State University from 2003-2005 where he was the sprints, jumps and throws coach. Under his tutelage, the track and field team watched school records fall in the 55 meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, 100, 200, 400, triple jump, discus, weight throw and pentathlon.
Prior to joining the Yellow Jackets, St. John was the head track and field coach for two years at Augustana College (S.D.) from 2001-2003 where school records fell in the sprint and jumping events.
He made his move to the state of South Dakota from Middle Tennessee State University where he received his masters degree in Sports Management in 2001 and was the high jump coach from 2000-2001. Prior to moving to Tennessee, St. John was the assistant track and field coach at Oral Roberts University from 1995-2000.
St. John started his coaching career at Arkansas State University where he was the primary coach for the jumpers from 1990-1995.
As a student, St. John competed at Arkansas State University as a high jumper. David is third on the all-time list at ASU with a jump of 7’2 ½”. Following his career at ASU, he continued to high jump, ending his career with a personal best jump of 7’4 ½”.