One of the most successful cross country and track and field coaches in Academy history, Jerry Quiller has guided the Black Knights to 32 Patriot League Championships in just 11 years on the job. He has also been named the Patriot League "Coach of the Year" 29 times (track & field and cross country combined), with the latest nod coming last spring when he guided the men's track and field team to its 14th straight Patriot League Outdoor Championship.
Quiller inherited a track and field program from Ron Bazil that had won every Patriot League title both indoors and out since Army joined the conference in 1992. From 1995 to the present, Quiller's men's squads have run the total of outdoor championships to 14 consecutive. His women have racked up eight championships of their own, with the latest title coming in cross country during the 2004 season.
At last spring's Patriot League Outdoor Championships, Quiller's athletes picked up two of the major awards with Dan Braud copping "Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet" laurels and Adrian Perkins walking away with "Rookie of the Meet" honors.
The venerable head coach has been named the men's "Coach of the Year" by his peers each of his 10 seasons at the outdoor meet and eight times at the indoor meet. In 1998, he earned "Coach of the Year" honors on both the men's and women's side during the outdoor season. Between cross country and both track and field seasons, he has won a "Coach of the Year" certificate every year at Army, but one, an honor that may have escaped him because observers have come to expect great success from his talent-rich teams.
His success has not gone unnoticed by the United States Track and Field Association either. Quiller was named as an assistant coach on the U.S. Track and Field team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He spent seven weeks in "the land down under" tutoring the distance runners and coaching four of them into the finals of the 1,500-meter, 5,000-meter and 10-kilometer races.
Quiller is no stranger to the international coaching scene. He has coached the country's top distance runners on many occassions as well as having the privilege of seeing many of his former athletes compete at the sport's highest level. Quiller once said that the thrill of a lifetime would be to see somebody he coached make it to the Olympics. He was on hand to see that dream become a reality in Sydney when Alan Culpepper and Adam Goucher, two of his former All-American runners from his coaching days at the University of Colorado, qualified in the 10k and 5k, respectively. Most recently, Dan Browne and Anita Allen each qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games.
The bulk of Quiller's international coaching experience has been with cross country runners. During the summer of 1987, he served as the distance coach for the U.S. team at the World Track and Field Championships in Rome and has been involved in numerous U.S. Olympic Festivals. In 1994 he was selected to coach the U.S. Women's Cross Country squad at the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, and also served as the men's cross country coach at the World Championships in 1981. He has also hosted the USA Trials for the international cross country championships.
Quiller came to West Point in the summer of 1995 after his second stint at Colorado where he led the Buffalo's men's and women's cross country squads to second and fourth place finishes respectively at the 1994 NCAA Championships. That fall, Quiller was named the national "Coach of the Year."
Quiller spent a total of 14 years at Colorado racking up three Big Eight Championships for both the men and women, and seven men's and five women's NCAA Championship appearances. He was named "Coach of the Year" in the Big Eight on five separate occasions and coached 13 male and six female All-Americans.
A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Quiller began his coaching career at Colorado in 1970. After leaving in 1974, he made stops at Wayne State (Mich.), Colorado State and Idaho State before finding his way back to Colorado in 1985.
Quiller and his wife, Sandy, live at West Point. Sandy is a teacher in the Monroe-Woodbury district. Their three sons, Ryan, 25, Rory, 21, and Robb, 16, are all track athletes. Ryan, who graduated from Renselaar Polytechnic Institute in 2003, earned Verizon Academic All-America honors in the pole vault. He received his master's degree in applied physics from Harvard in 2004 and is currently a doctoral student there. Rory is now a junior on the track and field team at Binghamton University, where he holds the school's pole vault record (cleared 17-6 in placing 12th at the NCAA Indoor Championships). Having already established the West Point middle school record in the hurdles, Robb is in his second year of chasing his brother's records in the pole vault, hurdles and pentathlon at James I. O'Neill High School.