Michigan hires Auburn's Jerry Clayton as new men's track and field coach
The University of Michigan has hired Jerry Clayton as the head coach for its men's track and field team, the school announced on Monday. Clayton has spent the past 15 years as an assistant coach for Auburn University.
"Jerry brings a wealth of experience as an assistant and head coach at the highest levels of collegiate track and field," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a release. "Jerry has achieved success at every program he has been associated with during his extensive coaching career. Jerry's leadership will aid us in the development of our program and help position us to compete for Big Ten championships on a regular basis."
"My wife and I are excited to represent the University of Michigan and to return to competition in the Big Ten Conference," said Clayton. "Michigan is an elite athletic and academic institution that offers a strong track and field tradition. I'm excited about the potential that exists for the men's track and field team and look forward to getting to work building the next generation of student-athletes."
Clayton has coached 16 individual NCAA champions in his career as a coach. Auburn won the 2006 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field championship while he was on the staff. He helped Auburn to 18 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships (indoor and outdoor), including 10 top-five finishes.
Clayton's son, Zach Clayton, played defensive line for Auburn's 2010 national championship football team and plays for the Tennessee Titans.