"We are pleased to have Jason in our program," Corfeld said. "He is a track guy, so he really knows his stuff. With his multi-event background, he has knowledge in all areas of track and field, especially the pole vault."
Francis has coached 131 individual league champions since coming to Milwaukee. Three Panthers have also achieved NCAA provisional marks and 13 have had NCAA regional marks. Also, school records in his events have fallen 65 times over his first six seasons.
That success has carried over into team championships, as he has helped the Panther men to indoor and outdoor Horizon League Championships in each of his six seasons. The women, meanwhile, won the back-to-back indoor titles in 2006-07, added an outdoor championship in 2007, an indoor title in 2009 and an indoor/outdoor sweep in 2010.
A 2001 graduate of Indiana State University, Francis spent the 2003-04 season as a volunteer assistant pole vault coach at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.
In his only season with the Flyers, Francis produced both the indoor and outdoor Division II National Champion and two more All-Americans in the event at both meets. He joined the Lewis staff upon completion of his masters degree in exercise science from Indiana State in 2003. In 2002-03 Francis volunteered with the Sycamore track team, coaching five athletes to top-six finishes at the league meet in the pole vault.
Francis' affiliation with Indiana State began as a student-athlete, as he competed in the pole vault and decathlon. Four times he was named to the all-conference team, including in 2001, when he won the outdoor conference championship in the decathlon. A Downers Grove, Ill., native, Francis began at DuPage Junior College after a standout prep career at Downers Grove North High School.
Francis is USATF Level II certified in jumps, sprints, hurdles and relays, combined events and throws.