Cross Country Staff
Jim Acklin - Head Coach
Jim Acklin is entering his third year as head cross country coach at DACC after serving as the assistant coach for the 2015 season. Coach Acklin enters his 29th year of coaching this year, after serving as a teacher, coach, and school administrator in Illinois public schools for 36 years. The DACC men’s team has won the Region 24 Meet for the last three years in a row, while the women’s team has placed second in each of those years. Both teams compete in the NJCAA National Meet each year.
Acklin is a lifelong runner who has logged over 80,000 career miles. He competed for the Eastern Illinois University cross country team, graduating in 1979. Acklin has competed in over 500 races in his career (in distances from 800 meters to the marathon), and was the overall winner in over 125 of those races.
As the head cross country coach at St. Joseph-Ogden High School (St. Joseph, Illinois), Acklin coached 21 individual All-State performances over the span of 13 years. During that time, his boys’ and girls’ teams won a total of 20 conference titles, 16 Regional titles, and 8 sectional titles. Acklin coached 18 boys and girls teams that qualified for the Illinois State Meet; those teams finished in the top four 7 times and won three State Championships.
As a member of the track coaching staff at St. Joseph-Ogden, Acklin coached 34 individual All-State performances over the span of 22 years. During that time, he also coached 5 individual State Champions. Acklin was part of both the boys’ and girls’ track team staffs that won multiple conference and sectional titles, as well as three State Championships.
Acklin was inducted into the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011. He and his wife Cindy, who works in the special education department at St. Joseph Ogden High School, reside in Ogden with their three children, Louis, John, and Sarah.