Mary Jayne (Harrelson) Reeves is in her first season working with the Tennessee track & field and cross country teams. She joined the Big Orange program after spending the 2010-11 campaign on the staff at the University of Virginia.
Reeves will assist J.J. Clark in working with the UT cross country and distance programs and play a key role in the recruiting process.
At UVa, she coached women's cross country and distance runners, developing two ACC champions, three regional qualifiers and three NCAA Championship qualifiers. During the campaign, there were three school records broken, two athletes made the finals of the USA Championships and her NCAA qualifiers cranked out an individual runner-up outing and a third-place relay showing at the national championship meet.
In addition to her coaching experience at Virginia, Reeves was at Virginia Tech from 2001 to 2004, serving as an assistant track & field and cross country coach for the Hokie men and women. Besides coordinating the recruitment of male and female student-athletes, she produced two All-Americans (one cross country, one track), six all-region cross country runners and three conference champions.
Between her stints in Blacksburg and Charlottesville, and while continuing her professional running career, the Timberland, N.C., native and her husband, Jon, owned and operated Reeves Tennis and Fitness, Inc., in Newnan, Ga. Among her duties were coordinating strength and conditioning for junior and adult athletes, creating women's fitness programs, directing summer camps, scheduling programming, and managing the budget and accounting for the business.
Reeves is making her second stop in Knoxville, having trained as a professional distance runner with Clark from 2004-07. In a post-collegiate career that stretched from 2001 to 2010, she represented both Nike and Brooks and was consistently ranked among the top five female 1500m runners in the U.S.
Among her accomplishments were gold medals in the 800 and 1500m at the 2007 NACAC Championships, silver medals in the 1500m at both the 2003 and 2007 Pan Am Games and silvers in the 800m and 1500m at the 2002 U.S. Indoor Championships. She also participated in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing fifth in the 1500m in 2000 and 2004.
The recipient of a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State University in 2001, Reeves was a two-time NCAA champion (1500m), six-time All-American and 26-time conference champion, including three straight titles in cross country, during her collegiate career. She was twice named the Southern Conference's Female Athlete of the Year and was the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year in North Carolina. The Southern Conference inducted her into its hall of fame in 2010.