Former Fort Hays State University cross country and track and field Coach Dr. Jim Krob has been elected into this year’s National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Krob, a native of Cuba, Kan., has been an active member of the Kansas Coaches Association for 45 years and has degrees from Kansas State University (B.S. and M.S.) and Oklahoma State University (Ed.D.).
Krob began his coaching career at Burdett High School before taking over at Jewell High School, where his track and field teams won two state titles. He completed his high school coaching career at Russell High School before going on to coach in the college ranks, beginning at Bethany College in Lindsborg. At Bethany, he won nine track and field Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and numerous district coach-of-the-year honors.
He took over head coaching duties at Fort Hays State University in 1987 for both cross country and track and field. While at FHSU, his track and field teams won six Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships and he was named the NCAA Division II Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2002.
While at the college level, he has continued to maintain close relationships with the high school coaches in Kansas and has hosted several track and field clinics for middle school and high school coaches. He continues to serve as a field referee at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships and is a starter for middle school and high school meets held across Kansas.
Krob has also conducted numerous track and field camps for secondary school athletes and has spoken at the Kansas Coaches Association State Clinics on several different occasions.
He is currently in charge of coaching education at FHSU and continues to teach classes as an assistant professor in the Health and Human Performance Department, having retired from active coaching in 2005. Krob also continues to work with the Kansas State High School Activities Association in helping train and certify secondary coaches through the American Sport Education Program.
Krob will be formally inducted at the Hall of Fame Luncheon on June 24 in Colorado Springs, Colo.