Jack has a long running and coaching background beginning as a high school athlete where he won two state track championships, as well as a state championship runner-up in cross country. His high school success was followed by a collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he had the fortune of competing under Track and Field Hall of Fame coach Dan McClimon. A five-time All Big 10 performer and an All American on the track, Jack was also a member of the powerful Badger Cross Country team. In 1981, he was appointed Track and Field team captain and winner of the Walter Dieke award given to the UW’s top performer each year.
After his graduation, Jack retired from elite level competition but, along with his wife Julie, continued to run recreationally. As the demands of family and career lessened, he rekindled his passion for running and began a new chapter as a masters runner. Over the past decade Jack has become a national class masters runner, with age group race wins at distances from 5K to the marathon, including multiple trips to Boston. Along with his rebirth as a runner, he discovered a passion for coaching and has helped many runners of varied ages and experience levels achieve their goals, including nine Boston Marathon qualifiers, six of whom qualified in their first marathon.