The Judson University Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Terry Gaitor III as its new Head Track and Field Coach. Cam Knudsen remains on staff as the Head Cross Country coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach.
“With the new track being added to the campus, the timing is perfect for the hiring of a full-time track coach that can take our program to new heights,” said Athletic Director Rick Williams. “Coach Gaitor is the right individual for that job! His experience as a coach, recruiter, and leader will be a welcomed addition to our staff! Having coaches that lead with love as Christ has commanded us to do is a primary focus for Judson Athletics. Coach Gaitor fits that profile and we are excited to have him on board”
Gaitor comes to Judson after serving at Oakland City University (IN) where he most recently served as the Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach as well as being the school’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Gaitor was promoted to Head Coach of both programs in March of 2023. Gaitor took a Track & Field program from its bare bones in 2021 and in two years led the team to coach two conference champions, two conference runners-up, and eight national qualifiers. He also served as the school’s Associate Head Football Coach running the special teams, defensive backs, and recruiting.
“Very excited to be working with Terry and think he will be great for the program,” said Knudsen. “I think he brings a wealth of experience and will bring our sprinters, jumpers, and hurdlers to new heights.”
Prior to Oakland City, Gaitor worked in South Korea as the Humphrys High School Football defensive coordinator and their Track and Field Coach. His other experiences include him being a Coaching Assistant Intern for the University of North Dakota as he assisted with Special Teams, Tight Ends, and recruiting. Gaitor previously served as the University of Maine at Presque Isle Assistant Track & Field and Assistant Cross Country Coach. He also coached football in Langerfield, Germany and Brno, Czech Republic. Gaitor is a 2018 graduate of Webber International University where he served as a student assistant Track & Field Coach.
“I would like to thank God and Judson University, for the opportunity and trust to lead Judson University Track and Field Program,” said Gaitor. “When I stepped foot on Judson’s campus I did not feel out of place at all. I am looking forward to being a pillar in the Judson and Elgin communities. We will run fast, jump far and high, but most importantly we will worship God and graduate! Go Eagles!”
Gaitor begins his role immediately.