Jarvis Jelen joined the Jackrabbits in the summer of 2013 as the graduate assistant coach for the cross country/track & field program.
Jelen, a Sioux Falls native, competed for the Liberty University Flames on the cross country and track and field teams. He made the Big South All-Conference team six times, (three times each in cross country and track and field), and he was a part of three Big South Cross Country Conference championships. At the 2006 Big South Cross Country meet he finished second overall and he took third the following year. On the track he was a part of three indoor titles and two outdoor titles. He was all-conference in the mile (indoor), 3,000-meter run (indoor) and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Jelen was also all-region at the NCAA D1 Southeast Regional (20th place) in the 2007 cross country season.
He most recently returned to Sioux Falls to help coach at Lincoln High School. During his time with the Patriots, his team won the GDC Conference Boys Cross Country Championship and they also won the South Dakota ‘AA’ Cross Country State meet. They placed five individuals in the top-15 and took home six all-state honors.
Jelen also coached at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va., from 2008 to 2009. In 2008, both the boys’ and girls’ teams won conference titles. In 2009, the boys team won the conference title and placed fifth at the state meet.