Jessica Cooper completed her third season at Washington & Jefferson College as the assistant track & field coach. During the summer of 2011, Cooper was also named the assistant director of club and intramural sports on campus. She will also serve as the co-chair for W&J's Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) for the 2012-13 academic year.
This past spring, Cooper played a large role in helping the women's track & field squad claim their third-ever Presidents' Athletic Conference title. In addition, Michelle Wuenstel '11 and C.J. Corcoran '12 qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships. Wuenstel became the program's first-ever All-American in a track event, placing sixth in the 400 meters.
Cooper also helped the 2010 Presidents' men's track & field team win their first-ever PAC Championship.
Following the season, she was honored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the 2010 Division III Mideast Region Assistant Men’s Coach of the Year.
Cooper arrived at W&J after graduating from Westminster in the spring of 2008 with a degree in history. She also completed her master’s degree in library sciences at the University of Pittsburgh during the 2008-09 school year.
Cooper spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach for the Carnegie Mellon University track & field team. She worked primarily with the high and horizontal jumpers as well as other multi-event athletes.
While at Westminster, she was a four-year member of the track & field team as well as lettering three years in volleyball.
She was named as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference field MVP during the 2008 season after finishing as the PAC’s high jump champion and runner-up in the triple jump. Cooper was Westminster College’s first ever female NCAA qualifier and All-American recipient.
She was also named the PAC Player of the Year in volleyball during her junior season.