Jeff Petersmeyer
Jeff  Petersmeyer

Director of Track & Field and Cross Country

Alma Mater:
Baldwin Wallace, 1996


Jeff Petersmeyer Inducted Into Baldwin Wallace Hall Of Fame

Petersmeyer was a two-time All-American runner at Baldwin Wallace.


Cross Country Runners Looking Forward To Spring Season

Seven Spartans looking forward to five races.


Women's Cross Country Earns National Academic Honor

For the third time in 20 years, the USTFCCCA recognizes San Jose State.


Ernst Leads The Way At USF Invitational; Spartans Sixth

San José State had two runners finish inside the top-25 in the teams first race of the 2013 men's cross country season.


Women's Cross Country Sixth At USF Invitational

Head coach Jeff Petersmeyer was impressed seeing the women's cross country team in it's first competition of the 2013 season.

Jeff Petersmeyer was appointed as the head men’s and women’s cross country and women’s outdoor track and field coach at San José State in the summer of 2013.

In the short two-year history of SJSU’s women’s track and field program, Petersmeyer has recruited and coached four Spartan individuals to NCAA West Preliminary Championships. In 2015, the program’s first year to include competitive jumping events, Petersmeyer coached freshman Kelsey Johnson-Upshaw to the first-ever conference championship, coming in the long jump at the Mountain West Championship.

Prior to joining the Spartans, Petersmeyer spent four seasons as an assistant cross country and track coach at Boise State (2009-13). While with the Broncos, Petersmeyer coached three All-Americans, 17 conference champions and one NCAA Champion.

2013 was an impressive year for Petersmeyer and the Broncos. Boise State captured eight individual Mountain West Championship titles, which included a sweep of the women’s long distance events (5,000-meters, 10000-meters and 3000-meter steeplechase). Twenty (20) out of 22 athletes earned qualifying spots in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships that year, four of which moved on to the NCAA Championships.

In 2012, Petersmeyer coached Kurt Felix, the NCAA Division I Champion in the decathlon. Later that summer, Petersmeyer served as the Olympic Team Coach for Felix and the country of Grenada at the 2012 London Games.

Prior to Boise State, Petersmeyer coached three seasons at TCU where he trained all jumpers and hurdlers and assisted with sprint events. He coached Whitney Gipson who later went on to set the NCAA women's outdoor record in the long jump and earned All-America honors. She went on to finish third at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

As a collegian, Petersmeyer was a two-time NCAA All-American and nine-time Ohio Athletic Conference Champion at Baldwin Wallace College. He still holds the school record in 400-meter hurdles, an event in which he earned All-America honors.

Petersmeyer returned to his alma mater Baldwin Wallace for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons where he was the assistant track and cross country coach. The women's team won the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in indoor and outdoor track both seasons.

Petersmeyer also spent time as an associate professor and assistant track and cross country coach at Columbia University. There, he recruited or coached more than 10 qualifiers for the NCAA Regional Championships.

From 1999-2002, Petersmeyer was an assistant coach at Northern Arizona where he helped guide the team to seven Big Sky Championships and five top-12 team finishes in cross country at the NCAA Championships.

His coaching career, which spans now nearly two decades, began at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., where he was a graduate-assistant for the 1998-99 school year.

The native of Delphos, Ohio, earned bachelor's degrees in political science and history from Baldwin Wallace College in 1996, and a master's degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona in 2002.