Tim Jager assumed the role of athletic director on Aug. 1, 2012, to oversee a department that sponsors 21 varsity sports and involves over 500 student-athletes.
Jager had been the Mustangs' head wrestling coach for the previous eight seasons and compiled a 75-41-2 record for a .644 winning percentage. He guided the Mustangs to a 9-7 record in 2004-05 in the college's first season of varsity competition since the program had previously been disbanded in 1979.
Jager was named the 2011 GPAC and NAIA North Region Coach of the Year after he guided the Mustangs to their first-ever GPAC and NAIA North Region Championships. He was also named the GPAC Coach of the Year in 2012 when he led the Mustangs to a repeat GPAC title and in 2008 after he guided the Mustangs to a second place finish at the 2008 GPAC Championships and a 12-7 regular season dual record.
He was named the 2011 NAIA recipient of the NWCA's Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award presented in each division of college wrestling to a coach who epitomizes the qualities and characteristics of a role model and mentor for developing student-athletes. He also received the GPAC Coach of Character award in 2011 and was president of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Association.
Jager coached the first national champion in Morningside history during the 2006-07 campaign when Jake Stevenson defeated No. 1-ranked Joffre Lander of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 3-1 in the 184 lb. title bout at the NAIA Championships.
Jager coached 15 NAIA All-Americans in his eight seasons as the Mustangs' head coach. Under Jager, the Mustangs received the NAIA Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Award in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
Before coming to Morningside, Jager had been an
assistant coach at Buena Vista University for three years, where he served under legendary coach Al Baxter,
a 1969 Morningside graduate and a member of Morningside's
M-Club Hall of Fame. Buena Vista, a perennial NCAA Division
III national power, produced nine All-Americans, one national champion, and a pair
of Top 10 finishes in the team standings at the national tournament
during Jager's three years with the Beavers.
Jager was the head
wrestling coach at George-Little Rock High School during the
1999-2000 academic year. He coached two district qualifiers
and had three wrestlers earn All-Siouxland Conference honors
during his one season with the team.
His coaching experience
began at Buena Vista as a student assistant wrestling coach
during the 1995-96 season.
Jager is a 1996
graduate of Buena Vista, where he was a three-year letterwinner
and a two-time national tournament qualifier. He was the Iowa
Intercollegiate Conference 167 lb. runner-up in 1994.
Jager enjoyed an
outstanding prep career when he attended George-Little Rock
High School, where he was a four-year letterwinner and two-time
placewinner at the state tournament. He posted a 36-1 record
as a senior, losing only to Joe Kielman of Clarksville-Allison-Bristow
in the 1992 Class 1A 160 lb. state final. Jager had a 36-4
record as a junior and placed sixth in the Class 1A 145 lb.
division of the state tournament.