Campbell alum Jeff Klaves hired as Track and Field assistant coach

Campbell alum Jeff Klaves hired as Track and Field assistant coach

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell track & field head coach Michael Kelly has announced the addition of Jeffery Klaves to his coaching staff. A 2010 graduate of Campbell University, Klaves will serve as an Assistant Track and Field Coach working primarily with throws, multi's and pole vault as CU looks to add more events to its repertoire.

"We are thrilled to have such a versatile and knowledgeable Coach like Jeff join our staff," Kelly said. "Jeff has an outstanding reputation for developing high school student-athletes in North Carolina. The fact that he is a Campbell alumnus makes it even better."

"It's an honor and privilege to come back and be a coach at my alma mater," Klaves said. "Campbell University is a big part of who I am today, and I'm proud to call Buies Creek my home away from home. I want to thank Coach Michael Kelly and Campbell's Athletic Director, Mr. Bob Roller for giving me this opportunity."

Klaves, a USATF-certified Level I Track Coach and Level II Throws Coach, returns to the Creek after a four-year stint as the athletic director and head track & field/cross country coach for Hobbton High School (Newton Grove, N.C.) from 2013-17. Klaves started Hobbton's track program from its inception and served as the head coach during the 2010-11 season to total five years with the Wildcats.

During his tenure at Hobbton, Klaves led the Wildcats to 10 Carolina 1A Conference championships, including 20 state medalists and four state champions across four different events (shot put, discus, 200m and 300m). In five years, he was named Coach of the Year 13 times and had eight student-athletes that went on to receive Division I or Division II athletic scholarships.

Following his first season at Hobbton, Klaves accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant Coach at East Tennessee State University, serving under legendary head coach David Walker. Klaves worked primarily with ETSU's men's and women's distance runners and helped lead a Buccaneer squad that won the A-Sun outdoor track & field title in 2012. His most accomplished athlete at ETSU was Anja Claussnitzer, who qualified for the 2012 NCAA outdoor track & field regionals in the women's 800m.

After he received his master's degree in Sport Management from ETSU, Klaves was hired as an assistant cross country coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. In his one season with the Eagles, he helped guide the men's cross country team to its best finish at the conference championships in program history. The Eagles also earned their first-ever South Regional ranking in the USTFCCCA polls and had a student-athlete named to the NCAA All-South Region Team. On the women's side, FGCU notched four top-five finishes on the year and sent a pair of runners to regionals.

In his time at Campbell, Klaves was a four-year letterwinner, an NCAA Academic All-American and a two-time All-Atlantic Sun track and field performer. Primarily a mid-distance runner, he sits 10th on Campbell's all-time top-10 list with a personal-best mark of 1:53.93 in the men's outdoor 800m. Klaves graduated from CU with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics in the spring of 2010.

Klaves is excited to be back in the Creek, and with the addition of throws, multi's and pole vault to Campbell's roster, the Fighting Camels are one step to reaching their ultimate goal.

"Campbell Track and Field has been competing for conference championships without fielding nearly 30% of the events that count towards team scoring. The addition of throws, multi's and pole vault will help us bring in more quality student-athletes to help us reach that goal."

"This a huge step for our program as we continue to strive to win our first Big South Track title," said Coach Kelly. "There is no doubt the addition of Klaves will help us reach our goal. I am very grateful that the administration continues to help grow our program through things such as coaching staff, scholarships and facility upgrades."