Maj Jason Zarb-Cousin is entering his first season the director of operations for the Air Force track and field program, after spending one season working with the Falcons' distance runners.
In first season with the Falcons' cross country team, Zarb-Cousin helped the men's cross country team to one of its top regional finishes in five years and the women's squad to its highest conference placement during that same time span. In addition, junior Justin Tyner has a stellar cross country season, culminating with a strong showing at the NCAA Championships - the Falcons' first appearance at the national meet since 2007.
The success from the cross season transferred to the Falcons' track season, as Tyner claimed All-American honors in the 3000-meter run at the indoor championships
Zarb-Cousin, a 1999 graduate of the Air Force Academy, returned to his alma mater after spending the past four seasons as an assistant cross country and track coach at Loyola Marymount University, while stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
During his time with the Lions, the women's cross country team earned three top-three finishes at the West Coast Conference Championships and finished within the top-15 at three straight NCAA Regional Championship meets. The women's team also produced two individuals who made multiple NCAA national championship appearances in both cross country and track. In 2008, his last season at Loyola Marymount, the men's cross country picked up a second-place finish at the WCC Championships - the squad's highest finish since 1981 - and a 16th-place finish at the regional championships.
Prior to his stint at LMU, he assisted the cross country and track teams at Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, Colo., including the nationally ranked boys' cross country team that won the 2004 5A state title. During his tenure at FCHS, both the boys' and girls' cross country teams finished within the top three at the state championships. Zarb-Cousin also coached the boys' 4x800-meter relay team to the 2005 state title and the girls' 4x800-meter relay teams to a pair of second-place finishes at the state meet.
A native of Colorado Springs, Zarb-Cousin was a letterwinner for the Falcons' track team as a middle distance runner. He graduated from the Academy with a degree in basic sciences and earned a master's degree in physical education/kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado.