Phil Jennings
Phil Jennings
Title: Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach, PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice
Phone: 781-283-3105
Email: pjenning@wellesley.edu

B.A., Hamilton College
M.S., The College of New Jersey

Philip Jennings returns for his third season as Wellesley's Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach and Assistant Professor of the Practice in 2015-2016.

In 2014-15, Jennings guided the Blue cross country program to its third apperance at the NCAA Championships, and first since 1986. Wellesley cross country has put together back-to-back top-ten finishes at NCAA Regionals under Jennings, finishing ninth in 2013 and fifth in 2014. Blue track & field set multiple program-best marks in 2014-15, including a fourth place finish at the NEWMAC Championships, a sixth place finish at both the ECAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships and an 18th place finish at the NEICAAA All-New England Championships. The Blue qualified three participants for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, all three competitors went on to finish in the top-ten in their events.  

Jennings came to Wellesley after spending the last 10 years at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where he served as head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams for the past five years. He also spent the previous three years as Head Cross Country Coach, while beginning his career as an assistant in both programs in 2003. Under Jennings’ tutelage, TCNJ was been a perennial power; combining for 53 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Team Championships between men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field. His athletes have boasted 150 individual All-America awards, 90 coming with Jennings as a head coach.

Jennings has also had nine of his teams place in the top-ten at the NCAA Championships, while earning NCAA Atlantic Regional cross country titles for both men and women. He was honored by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) four times, being named the NCAA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year three times on the women’s side and once on the men’s side. In addition, Jennings has been named NJAC Coach of the Year 19 total times in his career.

Prior to his stint at TCNJ, Jennings served as assistant cross country and track & field coach at Division-I Rider University. During his time with the Broncs, his teams finished second at both the indoor and outdoor Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships.

Jennings ran at Hamilton College for four years, serving as a two-team captain for both the cross-country and track & field teams and earning 11 varsity letters. During his senior year, his cross country team finished eighth at the NCAA Regional Championships, while earning a fifth place finish at the New York State Championships.

A 1999 graduate of Hamilton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Jennings is a Level I and Level II certified coach. He also earned his Master’s Degree from TCNJ in 2005, completing the Physical Education curriculum with a concentration in Athletic Administration.

Season NEWMAC XC Championships  NCAA XC Regionals NCAA XC Championships NEWMAC T&F Championships NCAA T&F Championships
2013-142nd9th--6th--
2014-152nd5th22nd4th--
Totals2 Seasons