Jon Debogory enters his second year as an assistant coach of the track and field program and will coach the horizontal jumps and pole vault in 2017-18. Promoted to an assistant coach in December of 2016, Debogory coached the multi events and pole vault in 2016-17 after serving as a volunteer assistant in 2015-16.
In 2016-17, Debogory coached Anna Eaton to a NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship berth in the pole vault where she earned honorable-mention All-America honors. He also coached Eaton to second-team All-ACC honors in the indoor pole vault and jumps during both seasons that rank in the top-four in UNC history. In the multis, he guided Paul Haley to first-team All-ACC honors in the heptathlon and Emily Godwin to second-team All-ACC honors in the pentathlon.
During the 2016 outdoor season, Debogory worked with Avana Story, who recorded a lifetime best of 200-9 in the hammer throw at the Wolfpack Last Chance meet in May, which ranks second in the UNC record book behind Laura Gerraughty.
A native of Miami, Fla., Debogory is an accomplished coach for the multis and field events, and he has worked with track and field athletes at Eastern Michigan (2013-15), Columbia University (2012-13), Sacred Heart University (2008-11), Campbell University (2006-07) and Lynchburg College (2004).
As an assistant coach (multi-events and field events) for the women’s track and field program at Eastern Michigan University from 2013-15, Debogory helped Sarah Chauchard capture first-team All-America honors in the pentathlon and heptathlon in 2014 and second team honors in the pentathlon in 2015. He also coached Kate Wolanin to second team honors in the high jump in 2014 and Dace Dreimane to the second team in the triple jump in 2015.
At Columbia University from 2012-13, Debogory coached numerous All-Ivy honorees and regional qualifiers in the discus, hammer throw and pole vault as an assistant coach.
Prior to his tenure at Columbia, Debogory spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, where he was a member of the 2011 Northeastern Conference Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year. Debogory coached a number of talented student athletes to prestigious honors, including regional qualifiers, All-NEC honorees, school and conference record holders, NEC champions and a USA Junior qualifier.
In his two seasons at Campbell University, Debogory served as an assistant coach while earning his Masters of Education with a concentration in exercise physiology. He coached the multi-events, pole vault, high jump and throws and was in charge of travel and recruiting.
In 2004, Debogory began his coaching career at Lynchburg College. He coached a Division III All-America and numerous qualifiers for the NCAAs in the pole vault, decathlon, heptathlon, 400m hurdles, long jump and weight throw.
Debogory earned his Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Liberty University in 2002. During his collegiate career, he competed in the decathlon for the Flames.