Jerry Hewerdine

Throws Coach

1971-6 Paxton Community Schools (5 Years)

1976-8 Lincoln-Way High School (2 Years)

1979-2015 St. Joseph-Ogden High School (36 Years)

Paxton Community School

1974    Help start the track and field program at the junior high level (3 Years)

            Head coach in boys’ basketball at the seventh grade level (3 Years)

St. Joseph-Ogden High School

1978-2009 Coached track -Assistant boys (30 Years) and assistant girls coach (10 Years)

1989-2015 Head girls track (27 Years) and assistant boys (37 Years)

1978-85 Coached football (7 Years)

1987-89 Head coach for girls and boy cross country team (3 Years)

1992 Head Girls and Assistant boys cross country team (1 Year)

Accomplishments for cross country


Started the girls cross country program in 1987 from scratch

Had three girls earn all-state medals

Girl’s team had one top ten finish at state 1989

Was nominated for coach of the year in the south division of the state of Illinois 1989


1992 Assistant boys coach      1. Illini Central Conference champs   2. Regional champs

                                                                3. ***STATE CHAMPIONS***

Accomplishments for Track and Field


Illini Central Conference Team Championships(17)  1986,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,97,98,99,2000,01,02,03,04

Sangamon Valley Team Conference (7) 2007, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 St. Joseph-Ogden have only been in this conference seven years.

Sectional Titles(Illinois has over 300 teams compete for 16 sectional championships)                                                                            16 Titles:1992,93,94,95,96,97,98,99,2000,01,02,06,08,11,13

Top ten finishes in the state track meet-7   1986 (5), 98 (5), 2001 (5), 02 (7), 06 (10)

STATE CHAMPIONS *** 1993 AND 2000***

Medalist at the state track meet: 28 relay Teams and 50 Individualist All-State


Illini Central Conference Team Championships (13)                1986,91,92,94,95,96,97,98,99,2000,01,02,03

Sangamon Valley Conference Team Championships (7) 2007, 08, 09 10, 11, 12, 13

Sectional Titles (16) 1990,92,93,94,98,99,2000,01,02,08,09,10,12,13,14,15

Top ten finishes in the state track meet-5  1996 (6), 97 (9), 99 (4) 2001(9)


3 rd  Place 2012

Medalist at the state track meet: 21 relay Teams and 49 Individualist All-State

I have helped coach almost 100 individual all-state athletes and over forty relay teams while at St. Joseph-Ogden High School.  I was fortunate enough to have coached one All-American in high school and she still holds the state record in the discus for the state meet.  She is twelfth on the all time best throws list in the discus and sixteenth in the shot put for the state of Illinois. She later became a college All-American and still holds many school records at Indiana. She was a Big Ten Champion and held the Big Ten record for a short while.







ITCCA (Illinois Track and Cross Country Association) Coach of the Year 2000 and 2001

Illinois Girls Association Track and Field Coach of the Year 2000

Illinois Coaches Association Coach of the Year 2000

Nominated for National Coach of the Year for Track and Field 2000 and 2010( Semi finalist)

News-Gazette Girls track coach of the year 2013

I was a member of St. Joseph-Ogden all-weather track committee that raised enough money to put in a new facility without any tax dollars from the high school being used in 2000.  We put in an all-weather track, bought new hurdles, pole vault and high jump pads, and renovated the shot area.  The area was secured with a new fence around the track.

Coach Gary Garrison and I were the responsible for the rule change in the pole vault. We did all the necessary paper work to get the National Federation of State High School Associations for Track and Field rules to allow new marking on the runways to aid in the safety for the athlete. Rule 7-5 Art. 19