Jim Jellison: Head Coach (42nd Season; 17 MASCAC Team Titles)
Jim Jellison is in his 42nd season as head coach of the Fitchburg State men's cross country teams. He has led the Falcons to 17 MASCAC team titles, including a MASCAC Championship during the 2018 season.
Through his hard work over the past three seasons, Jellison has showcased Fitchburg State as a top competitor in the MASCAC Conference. Named the 2017 MASCAC Coach of the Year, Jellision led the Falcons to a men's conference title during the '18 season, while guiding Fitchburg State to another MASCAC crown the previous season (2017).
Over the course of his 2007-08 season, Jellison and the Falcons saw three runners qualify for the NCAA Division III Regional Championships hosted by Connecticut College. At the Championships, the men's team garnered a 23rd place finish out of a field of 59, while the women's squad finished 44th overall.
In addition to his cross country duties, Jellison also serves as men's and track & field coach at Fitchburg State. He has been coaching both cross-country and women's track since 1979, while taking over the men's track position in 1994. Jellison was a major catalyst in the rebuilding of the men's program, which only started with five athletes. Today, Jellision's cross country teams average over 22 runners, while the track teams boast a strong 40+ athletes.
Throughout his tenure, Jellison has also coached 50 NCAA All-Americans including seven National Champions. He has led the Falcons to several post-season honors, including appearances at the Division III New England's, All-New England's and ECAC Championships.
Jellison, a retired physical education teacher, resides in Fitchburg, Mass. with his wife Alice and their three sons, Robbie, Chris and Shane.