Jeff Chakouian will begin his first season as an Baylor assistant track & field coach. Chakouian (pronounced cha-coy-en) will serve as the throwing and multi-events coach.
Chakouian spent the previous eight seasons coaching all field events and served as the recruiting coordinator at UCF.
Last season, he helped coach UCF to an American Conference Indoor Track Championship and saw a hammer throw school record fall during the outdoor season. Chakouian coached three throwers to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds.
In his time in Orlando, he also helped guide the team to five conference championships – reaching four outdoor titles in a row. During that span, he coached more than 15 NCAA qualifiers and all-conference performers in addition to helping student-athletes break over 20 school records in field events.
In 2013, Chakouian helped coach two student-athletes to top-5 finishes at the NCAA Championships, picking up the first top-5 finish at the outdoor championships by a non-BCS program since 2000.
Prior to UCF, Chakouian spent three seasons at Illinois State University where he coached a pair of Missouri Valley Champions and 13 all-conference standouts. He also served stints as a volunteer assistant coach at Kentucky and Brown, coaching six all-conference performers during that time.
Chakouian was a six-time All-American in the shot put as a member of the Kentucky track & field team. During his time in Lexington, he was a five-time SEC champion and an eight-time All-SEC selection.
A Seekonk, Mass., native, Chakouian graduated from Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2005. Chakouian and his wife, Samantha, have two daughters – Mackenzie and Leota.