The Dixon Bulldogs have announced the hiring of Jason Weckman to take over as the new head coach of the Dixon High School track and field programs. He will begin this school year in that role.

Weckman said this when asked what he is looking for in students, “I am looking for athletes who are willing to work to be their best, regardless of previous experience or ability.”

He has some strong experience as an athlete coming into the role where he competed in track in junior high and high school in the 200 meter dash, long jump, triple jump, discus and the shot put. He was also a strong swimmer that was part of a state team.

Weckman has been an assistant for the program for the past four years as a throwers coach. He has had several athletes that have gone on to compete in the District, Sectional and State Championships. This last year the team had their first state medalist in several years as junior Braden Perry placed seventh in the Javelin and was the Sectional Champion going into the event. He also was an assistant at the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association summer camp this last month.

Weckman said his about his plan, “I plan to build upon the program already established under Coach Jim Brown. I want to increase athlete accountability and reinforce the student first-athlete second philosophy. I also want to develop better coordination with the other spring sport coaches to facilitate multiple sport athletes.”

The advice he would give about competing is, “Be flexible and try to plan for the unplanned.”