Events, Health and Wellbeing, March 10, 2018

Coach Ed Eyestone – 2 x Olympian

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Monica speaks to Head Coach of Track and Field Ed Eyestone. (Brigham Young University)

Ed is a beloved coach with numerous honors and now helping others achieve their dreams.

Post-racing career

After putting up his shoes, Eyestone has become a noted distance and road racing expert, serving as a columnist for Runner’s World magazine and television commentor for ESPN’s “Race of the Month” series. Eyestone served as an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of Track and Field and Race Walking at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[8]

Eyestone returned to BYU as head coach of the cross-country team.[9] Eyestone is a three-time selection as “Coach of the Year” for the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Previously he served as assistant track coach at Weber State University.

Track Coaching Honors

  • Has coached 43 All-Americans in distance events (individual and relay)
  • Three of Eyestone’s distance runners have won national championships (Miles Batty – 2011 mile, Kyle Perry – 2009 steeplechase, Josh McAdams – 2006 steeplechase)
  • Coached the distance medley relay national champions at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships
  • 2012 Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year (Men’s Track and Field)
  • Coached former BYU track and field athlete Jared Ward to a sixth-place finish in the marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janerio
  • Was named head coach of Team USA at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda

Cross Country Honors

  • Has guided BYU to 12 conference titles, including eight in the Mountain West Conference (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and four in the West Coast Conference (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • Has coached 11 All-Americans who have earned 17 All-America honors
  • Has led BYU to 11 top three finishes in the Mountain Region Championships, including titles in 2009 and 2011
  • Since taking over the program in 2000, has led BYU to a top 25 finish at the NCAA Championships in each season, including top 10 finishes in 2004 (5th), 2008 (9th), 2011 (4th), 2012 (6th), 2013 (fourth) and 2016 (seventh)
  • Coached the 2006 NCAA National Champion in Josh Rohatinsky
  • Six-time MWC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2002, 2004-08)
  • 2009 Mountain Region Coach of the Year (Men’s Cross Country)
  • Three-time WCC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • BYU Hall of Fame Inductee (1998)

Coaching Experience

  • BYU Track Head Coach (2013-Present)
  • BYU Head Cross Country Coach (2000-Present)
  • BYU Men’s Track Assistant Coach (2000-13)
  • Weber State Assistant Coach (1996-98)

Running Career

  • Individual NCAA Cross Country Champion, 1984 at Penn State
  • 10,000 meter Champion NCAA Track and Field Championship 1984, 1985
  • 5,000 meter Champion NCAA Track and Field Championship 1985
  • Western Athletic Conference Champion (1984-85)
  • 10-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track and Cross Country
  • School record-holder 10,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 3,000 meter, 2 miles
  • GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American (3.69 GPA)
  • NCAA Top Six Award Winner
  • Five-time U.S. Road Racer of the Year as a professional runner
  • An eight-time member of the U.S. Cross Country Team that competed in the World Cross Country Championships

 

Eyestone attended Brigham Young University (BYU) earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in psychology and a Master of Science (M.S.) in exercise science. While at BYU, he became a 10-time NCAA All-American and in 1984 went undefeated in NCAA cross-country events. Eyestone is one of only four runners, along with Gerry LindgrenEdward Cheserek, and Suleiman Nyambui, to capture the NCAA “Triple Crown” by becoming the 1985 NCAA Champion in cross-country, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. In 1985, the Academic All-American and recipient of the NCAA Top Six Award set a then-NCAA record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 27:41:05. He finished his collegiate career with four NCAA Championships.

In 1986, Eyestone won the San Francisco Bay to Breakers 12 km race,[2] defeating an estimated 110,000 competitors in what the Guinness Book of Records considers the world’s largest footrace.[3] He remains the last American to have won this race, and the only American to have done so since 1981.

Post-racing career

After putting up his shoes, Eyestone has become a noted distance and road racing expert, serving as a columnist for Runner’s World magazine and television commentor for ESPN’s “Race of the Month” series. Eyestone served as an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of Track and Field and Race Walking at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[8]

Eyestone returned to BYU as head coach of the cross-country team.[9] Eyestone is a three-time selection as “Coach of the Year” for the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Previously he served as assistant track coach at Weber State University.

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