Track and Field Coaching Staff
Dusty Jonas
Coach Info:
Position: Sprints/Hurdles/Relays/HJ
City/State: La Vernia, Texas
High School: La Vernia
Alma Mater: Nebraska
Graduating Year: 2009
Phone: 402-472-7087

Former Husker high jump Olympian Dusty Jonas was named a full-time assistant coach on the Nebraska track and field staff before the 2018 season after eight years as a volunteer assistant for the Huskers’ men’s and women’s high jump. Jonas continues to oversee the high jump while also coaching the men’s sprints, hurdles and relays.

Jonas has helped turn the Husker high jump into a dominant event at the Big Ten Conference meets. In 2018, Landon Bartel won his second Big Ten indoor title, adding to his 2016 title. Reka Czuth won the women’s Big Ten outdoor high jump title in 2016 as well. They followed up on James White’s indoor and outdoor titles in 2015. The Husker men won three straight Big Ten indoor titles from 2014-16, and overall the Husker high jumpers have combined for six Big Ten titles in the last five years. 

Jonas coached former Husker All-America high jumper Marusa Cernjul as she qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cernjul placed 21st representing Slovenia, clearing 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) in her first appearance at the Olympics. She qualified for the Olympics with a personal-best leap of 6-4 (1.93m) at the Slovenian Championships in 2016. She was a first-team All-American and Big Ten champion in the high jump for the Huskers, and with Jonas as her coach following her career, she improved on her collegiate PR (6-1 1/4), by nearly three inches in one year to reach the Olympics.

In 2018, Jonas made a strong first impression as the Huskers’ new men’s sprints, hurdles and relays coach. Antoine Lloyd had a breakout senior season, winning the Big Ten indoor 60m hurdles, the outdoor 110m hurdles, and finishing second and fifth, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. Lloyd broke the 60m hurdles school record (7.60) and was named the Big Ten Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Additionally, sophomore Luke Siedhoff was a first-team All-American in the 110m hurdles, placing seventh.

Since rejoining the Husker program as a volunteer coach in 2010, Jonas has coached 10 Big Ten high jump champions and 10 first-team All-America high jumpers. Fourteen Huskers have cracked all-time top-10 high jump charts in his nine seasons, and NU athletes have set five top-10 marks in the sprints, hurdles and relays in his time in that role.

An eight-time All-America high jumper for the Huskers from 2005 to 2008, Jonas won the 2008 indoor national title and outdoor conference title in the high jump. He finished his career as the indoor and outdoor school-record holder, as well as the all-time Big 12 record holder with the second-highest jump ever by a collegian (7-8 3/4, 2.36m).

Following the collegiate season, Jonas signed a professional contract with Nike and competed for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Jonas won the bronze medal in the high jump at the World Indoor Championships and also competed in the World Outdoor Championships in 2011. Jonas was the 2013 USA Indoor high jump champion and earned runner-up honors at the 2013 Outdoor and 2010 Indoor Championships. He also won gold at the 2005 USA Junior Championships.

Jonas competed for Team USA a total of eight times in his career, including six times for the senior team and twice for the junior team.

Jonas returned to Nebraska in 2009 to complete his degree in horticulture.

Jonas' Coaching Accomplishments
- 13 Big Ten Champions
- 13 First-Team All-Americans
- 14 Nebraska Top-10 Marks (14 high jump, five men's sprints, hurdles, relays)
- 1 Olympian (Marusa Cernjul, 2016)

Jonas' Athletic Accomplishments
College - High Jump
Indoor School Record (7-7, 2.31m)
Outdoor School Record (7-8 3/4, 2.36m)
Big 12 Meet Outdoor Record (7-8 3/4, 2.36m)
Big 12 Conference Outdoor Record (7-8 3/4, 2.36m)
No. 2 high jump all-time by a collegian (7-8 3/4, 2.36m)
NCAA Champion (2008 Indoor)
USA Junior Champion (2005)
Pan American Junior Champion (2005)
NACAC U23 Team USA, 4th place (2006)
Collegiate Long Jump PR - 25-5 1/2 (7.76m)

Pro - High Jump
2008 U.S. Olympic Team
2010 USA Indoor Championships Silver Medal
2010 World Indoor Championships Bronze Medal
2010 Continental Cup Team USA member, 5th place
2010 - Ranked No. 9 in the world
2011 USA Outdoor Championships Silver Medal
2011 World Outdoor Championships Team
2013 USA Indoor Championships Gold Medal
2013 USA Outdoor Championships Silver Medal
2014 World Indoor Championships Team