Jason Twedt begins his third season at Virginia with a host of international and domestic experience as both a coach and competitor. A WAC Champion in the javelin while competing at San Diego State as a multi-event athlete, Twedt continued his career after college by competing in the World Military Games while serving as a paratrooper in the United States Army. While in Europe, Twedt trained with world champions in a number of throwing events and gained knowledge by studying with some of the world’s top throwing coaches.
Upon his return to the States, Twedt coached extensively and became a registered coach at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in San Diego. He has worked with athletes on the United States team, including a hammer thrower as well as a discus thrower. He also coached a finalist in the heptathlon at the Olympic Trials.
Twedt was an assistant coach at the University of California at San Diego. At UCSD he coached three NCAA All-Americans in the discus, hammer and shot put as well as a hammer thrower that competed at the Junior Nationals meet and a US National qualifier in the discus.
In only his third season at Virginia, Twedt has coached four All-Americans in the javelin, two of whom competed at the USA Olympic Trials in 2000. He has also mentored four ACC Champions, including the all-time ACC record holder. In addition, seven of his athletes have been named All-ACC. In 2001 Twedt coached all three medallists in the men’s javelin, the first time that has happened in ACC history. He has also twice coached both the men’s and women’s javelin titleists, also unprecedented in ACC history. Since Twedt’s arrival in Charlottesville, four new school records have been set (men’s hammer, women’s weight throw, women’s hammer, and men’s javelin). Twedt is a frequent speaker at camps and clinics around the nation.