Coach Jody Hale joined the FSCJ BlueWave Athletics team in 2017 to help relaunch the women’s cross country program. He describes this new program as a walk-on, friendly developmental opportunity for runners that want to train hard, compete and improve.
Coach Hale is no stranger to the FSCJ cross country program. He was assistant coach for cross country and track and field at FSCJ from 1982-95, working with legendary FSCJ Coach Larry Monts. The FSCJ Women’s Cross Country team won the NJCAA National Championship in 1982 and 1983. To date, this is the only National Championship for a team at FSCJ.
He is a native of Jacksonville and longtime runner. Coach Hale competed in track and cross country at Englewood High School. As a walk-on athlete and later team captain at FSCJ (named Florida Junior College at the time), he earned All-District and All-Region honors. Coach Hale continued his academic and athletic pursuits at Delta State University where he earned All-Gulf South Conference and NCAA Division II academic All-American honors. He was also the assistant cross country coach.
After graduation, Coach Hale led Wolfson High School’s girls’ cross country team to a Gateway Conference and District Runner-up status. He qualified the first team and individual in the school’s history to compete in the regional and state championships.
Coach Hale spent the last 10 years at St. Johns Country Day School as assistant coach for cross country and track and field under distance running legend Jay Birmingham. During that time, the team won nine FSHAA District Team Championships, two Regional Team Championships, two Individual FSHAA State Champions, two Relay Team FSHAA State Champions, six FSHAA All-State Relay Teams, four Regional FSHAA Relay Champions, nine Individual FSHAA Regional Champions, 26 All-State Athletes, 55 All-Regional Athletes and over 220 All-District Athletes.
He earned his A.A. degree from FSCJ and B.S. in Education from Delta State University.
Runners Invited to Compete in National Championship
Congratulations to Michaela Scruit and Haley Grayson for being invited to compete at the NJCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Championship. Michaela placed 161 out of over 330 runners and Haley placed 199.