Jessica Cosby enters her third year in the coaching world at her alma mater as the throws coach for the Bruins. Last season, Cosby coached javelin thrower Tara Ross to a sixth-place finish at the regional meet and the No. 9 mark in school history (162-9). Ross was also a scorer for the Bruins at the Pac-10 meet, placing seventh overall.
Cosby, a six-time All-American and NCAA champion was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in the hammer after having won the USATF Olympic Trials. At the Trials, Cosby broke the Olympic Trials record with a toss of 232-0 en route to a spot at the Beijing Olympic Games. That mark was also the No. 1 throw in the U.S. and 30th in the world in 2008. Cosby will continue to train while coaching the Bruin throwers.
Post-collegiately, Cosby has found incredible success in the hammer throw. In 2006, she won the USATF Senior National Championship title and finished ranked No. 2 in the nation with a lifetime-best of 232-3. In 2007, Cosby qualified for and competed at the World Championships in the hammer and was ranked ninth in the U.S. with a best of 224-2.
In 2005, Cosby ended her career with third-place finishes in the shot put and hammer at the NCAA Championships. She also won the NCAA Outdoor shot put title in 2002 and was a four-time Pac-10 and two-time West Region champion. Her former lifetime-best in the hammer of 219-5 is a school record, and also set a Pac-10 record (which has since been broken).