The meet will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cadet Field House.
Bob Graf is in his 12th season as a volunteer coach for the Air Force track and field team, where he works primarily with the program's horizontal jumpers.
Graf, who took over coaching the long jump and triple jump athletes in 2014, has guided his athletes to two Academy records (Blue Kearney, outdoor long jump; Kassie Gurnell, indoor triple jump), eight additional incursions to the program’s all-time standings, eight all-conference selections, 23 scoring finishes at the Mountain West Championships and five appearances at the NCAA Championships (West Preliminary).
As the former coach of the Falcons’ high jumpers, the 2012 season proved to be a banner year for Graf and his athletes. Air Force claimed the program’s first-ever indoor and outdoor conference titles in the high jump, as well as five of the event’s six all-conference selections. Kobi Rex won the MW title and paced the Falcons to a sweep of all three medals at the indoor meet, while Zach Wood claimed the league’s outdoor title and led Air Force to three of the top-four finishes. In addition, Rex became the first Falcon since 1997 to clear the seven-foot mark, while recording the second-highest clearance in MW Indoor Championship Meet history.
The men added three more all-conference selections during the 2013 season.
Four members of the women’s team debuted on the program’s top-10 list during Graf's tenure, including Regan Rogers, who set a Freshman Class Record and cleared the second-best jump in Academy history (5'8") in 2010.
Graf joined the Academy staff after spending six years as the assistant track coach at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Prior to his appointment at UCCS, Graf spent 25 years coaching at the high school level, including 18 years at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs. He has also coached several athletes in the Army's World Class Athlete program and at the 2008 Olympic Trials.
During his career, Graf coached a state championship boys' team and a state champion or place-finisher in 17 of 18 track events. He has been honored as the Coach of the Year four times, was named the Junior Achievement "Economics Teacher of the Year" for the state of Colorado and the Colorado High School Coaches Association Teacher/Coach of the Year. Graf has also served as the president and executive secretary of the Colorado High School Coaches Association.
Graf was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Hall of Fame in March 2012.
He is a retired master USA Track and Field official and spent 20 years as the head starter for Air Force track meets. Graf has also served as the head starter at the Colorado state meet. He has worked at two Olympic Games and four Olympic Trials, as well as numerous national meets.
Graf received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and went on to obtain a master's degree from Adams State College, where he worked as a graduate assistant for the cross country and track programs.
A retired activities director from the Woodland Park School District, Graf and his wife Suzie live at Blue Mountain Ranch, an activities and sports camp that was founded by Suzie's parents in 1946. They have two sons, David and Tim.