Ken Jakalski coached cross country and track and field at the high school level for 43 years. He is the former president of the Illinois Coaches Association, former CEO of Faster than Gravity Speed Enhancement, and former coaching education chairman for Illinois United State Track and Field. He’s a member of the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame, a three-time recipient of the ITCCCA Coach of the Year award, a National High School Athletic Coaches Association Finalist for Track Coach of the Year, and a member of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Ken served as Host/Director/Keynote Speaker of five specialty clinics offered through the Illinois Coaches Association and authored numerous articles related to conditioning, speed enhancement, and endurance training. He’s presented seminars on speed training to coaches associations across the country, has served as a member of the IHSA Track and Field Advisory Committee, and was the Meet Manager for the 1998 USATF National Cross Country Championships. Ken retired from coaching in 2018 and remains active in meet management and coaching education.