Jen Buirkle is in her third season as an assistant coach for the cross country and track & field programs at Lafayette, working primarily with the team's distance and middle-distance runners.
Buirkle joined Lafayette from Lehigh, where she was an assistant coach for three seasons following her graduation from the institution. During her time in Bethlehem, Buirkle coached seven All-Patriot League selections, 16 ECAC qualifiers, five IC4A qualifiers, three All-East performers and saw eight school records broken under her guidance. She was responsible for assisting with recruiting as well as meet management.
A 2010 Lehigh graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Buirkle earned a Master's of Science in Sports Management from East Stroudsburg in 2011. As an undergraduate, Buirkle competed on Lehigh's cross country and track and field teams and was honored with Lehigh Athletics' Leadership Academy Suited for Leadership Award in 2010. Buirkle holds a Level I coaching certification from USA Track and Field.