Now in his fourth year, Jason Lewkowicz has quickly rebuilt the EMU cross country and track & field programs.
In 2012, a talented freshmen class vaulted the cross country women to as high as No. 5 in the South/Southeast Regional rankings with newcomer Hannah Chappell-Dick earning All-ODAC First Team. She broke numerous records in both cross country and track, and helped the Royals track women break eight different program records. On the men's, the cross country runners also had two runners break the EMU course record last fall, and Carlos Orellana was named All-South/Southeast Region. The track season was highlighted by Jordan King breaking EMU records and claiming All-ODAC First Team in his first-ever season in the high jump.
In just his first cross country season with the Royals in 2011, Lewkowicz had a freshman woman earn All-ODAC Second Team honors, and sent a male athlete to the NCAA National Championship.
Previously, Lewkowicz had been Hannibal-LaGrange University for three seasons heading both the cross country and track & field programs. Before that he spent three years at UVa-Wise, in Wise, Va., coaching the cross country program all three seasons and starting up the track & field program in the fall of 2007.
Lewkowicz earned both his undergrad and master’s degrees from Appalachian State in Boone, NC. He was also a high jumper on the track & field team during his time as a student.
He has coached 22 NAIA National Championship qualifiers and three All-Americans during his time at Hannibal-LaGrange and UVa-Wise, as well as 92 athletes who have claimed all-conference awards and 28 conference champions. In his final season at Hannibal-LaGrange, the women's track & field team claimed the outdoor conference championship and Lewkowicz was named AMC Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. Lewkowicz also focuses on athletes in their role as students, and has had 16 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes and 61 academic all-conference award winners.
Lewkowicz said he feels called to help each student-athlete do the best they can.
“God has blessed us all with abilities,” he said, “and we need to harness that and get the most that we can out of it, and then give honor to Him no matter what the results are.”
Lewkowicz and his wife, Wendy, have four sons, Noah, Eli, Asher and newborn Miles, and live in Harrisonburg.