STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford’s Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field Chris Miltenberg has announced the hiring of assistant coaches Mary Jo Pruittand Michael Eskind on Thursday, completing his coaching staff.     Pruitt, an assistant cross country and track and field coach, will be working with the Cardinal women distance and middle-distance runners and will have a special emphasis in recruiting. Eskind will coach the jumps, pole vault, and multi-events.

He replaces Toby Stevenson, who is moving to Swedenafter his wife accepted a job opportunity there.Eskind comes to Stanford from University of Virginia, where he served in the same role for four seasons. He coached Cavaliers to four Atlantic Coast Conference individual championships, four school records, and five NCAA meet appearances. Among them was Marcus Robinson, who set an ACC indoor triple jump record and became Virginia’s first All-American in the men’s jumps in 35 years.

Eskind also has worked with two of the top female triple jumpers in the country for the past six years, each winning U.S. Olympic Trials championships: Shani Marks in 2008 and Amanda Smock in 2012.”I’m extremely excited to bring Michael Eskind on board,” Miltenberg said. “Nobody has come more highly recommended from some of the most respected people in our business or in the field.

Mike brings incredible energy and excitement and intensity to our school, which I know will bring our jumps and multis to a whole new level.”Eskind was a decathlete at Wake Forest, where he graduated in 2003 with degrees in political science and education. He earned his master’s in exercise and sport sciences with a focus in athletic administration in 2005 from University of Florida, where he began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant.

Eskind was an assistant at Boston University for two seasons, designing training plans for athletes in the sprints, vertical jumps, throws, and multi-events.  “I’m incredibly excited to be working at Stanford,” Eskind said. “With its tradition of excellence in academics and athletics, it is the ideal location for student-athletes who want to excel in both endeavors.


Mary Jo Pruitt
Mary Jo Pruitt

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