Ed Eyestone Athlete Profile

Ed Eyestone

Roster Years: 1982-1985 Hometown: Ogden, UT Mission: Barcelona, Spain Hall of Fame: 1998

Men's Head Track Coach

Heading into his tenth season as the mens cross country coach, two-time Olympian Ed Eyestone has established a team that is considered to be one of the elite programs in the nation. Since his arrival in 2000, the Cougars have won the Mountain West Conference Championship eight times.

Eyestone, who was a 10-time All-American at BYU as an athlete, has guided his teams to greatness as the head coach. Beginning with a national ranking of 23rd in his first season, Eyestones teams have been in the nations top 25 every year since then, including a 5th-place finish in 2004.

Since taking on the head coaching responsibilities, Eyestone has coached six cross country athletes to nine All-American citations and an individual National Champion. John Hedengren earned All-American status in the 2000 season, becoming the first All-American for BYU since Mark Johanson earned the award in 1995. Nathan Robison earned the All-American honor at the end of the 2003 season, Chandler Goodwin received the award in 2005 and 2007 and Josh Rohatinsky earned it in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2006 Josh Rohatinsky crowned his college cross country career by winning the National Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana. Kyle Perry became an All-American, finishing in 10th place in 2008. Most recently, Miles Batty earned All-American honors after a 15th place finish at the National Cross Country Championships in 2010. Eyestone has also coached athletes to 33 All-American citations in track.

Eyestone earned his first MWC Coach of the Year award in 2002 after his teams winning performance at the conference championships. He has since been honored with five additional MWC Coach of the Year awards, including the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Not only has he coached several great athletes during his coaching career, but Eyestone has also served as a commentator for ESPN and Fox Sports Elite Racing for 12 years and has been a columnist for Runners World magazine since 1999. In 2008 Eyestone was the head distance analyst for NBCs coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

Years at BYU

2000-present

Education

  • B.A. in psychology from BYU
  • Master's in exercise science from BYU

Hometown

  • Born in American Samoa
  • Raised in Ogden, Utah

Personal/Family

  • Served an LDS church mission to Barcelona, Spain
  • Married to Lynn (a former Miss Utah) and they are the parents of six daughters

1998 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ed Eyestone was a ten-time All-American and a four-time national champion at BYU for track and cross country. Education was equally as important as running was to Eyestone, who was a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American with a cumulative GPA of 3.69 at BYU and also won the prestigious NCAA Top Six Award given to the country's top six student athletes.

In almost every instance the Samoan-born runner proved that his will to win was stronger than the obstacles before him, obstacles that brought him to his knees (literally) early in his career.

When the 6-1 prep star from Ogden first started at BYU in 1980, he had to be sprayed with water after he collapsed from heat exhaustion while running the 10,000 meters. This was at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.

Earlier that same season at a dual meet in Eugene, Oregon, he literally crawled toward the finish line, struggling to finish the 5,000.

As a senior in 1985, however, Eyestone won both the NCAA 5,000 and 10,000 meters, back-to-back at that same Austin, Texas, site where he had struggled as a freshman.

After winning every collegiate cross country race he entered that year, Ed was the 1984 NCAA cross country champion. Only two other athletes, Gerry Lindgren and Suleiman Nyambui, have ever won the rare triple crown of national titles in the 5,000 and 10,000, and cross country all in the same year.

Eyestone won the first of his NCAA 10,000-meter crowns in 1984, on a return trip to Eugene. His 1984 NCAA cross country title came at Penn State, where two years earlier his mother, Virginia, had graduated with her doctorate.

In 1985 he set an NCAA record of 27:41.05 in the 10,000 at Mt. SAC.

His other All-America citations came from two top-10 finishes (eighth in 1982 and ninth in 1983) at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, from a fifth-place finish in the NCAA indoor two-mile (1983), from a sixth-place finish in the NCAA outdoor 10,000 (1983), and from finishing second in the NCAA indoor 3,000 in both 1984 and 1985.

At a time when WAC rival UTEP had a legion of gifted African distance runners, it was Eyestone who claimed champion titles for BYU in 1983 and 1984 in cross country, in 1984 and 1985 for the 5,000, in 1984 for the indoor mile, and in 1985 for the indoor two-mile and 10,000. Consequently, he was the first non-football player to win the WAC's Stan Bates Award.

Eyestone was also an Olympic marathoner twice, first in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, and then in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, the same area where he earlier served an LDS Church mission.

Eyestone has a career-best marathon time of 2:10:59, and five times he has been named U.S. Road Racer of the Year.

Career Highlights

  • Ten-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track and Cross Country
  • Qualified for United States Olympic Team Trial, 1984 Summer Games
  • Three-time member of the United States Cross Country Team (World Championships)
  • 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
  • Placed sixth in TAC World Cross Country Championship at Medowlands, NJ 1984
  • Western Athletic Conference Champion 1984, 1985
  • Clocked in 27:41.1 at Mt. SAC Relays 1985, fastest 10,000 meters time in the world at the time
  • School record-holder 10,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 3,000 meter, 2 miles
  • WAC All-American Academic at large athlete
  • All-WAC Conference approximately 20 times
  • WAC Stan Bates Award
  • Recipient of the NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship Award 1985

Before BYU

  • Lettered in track and cross country at Ogden High School (Utah)
  • Earned a scholarship to BYU to run track and cross country

After BYU

  • Was a professional distance runner for 15 years
  • Two-time Olympian, 1988, 1992
  • Three-time member of the United State Cross Country Team
  • Worked as an assistant coach at Weber State University from 1996-1998
  • Inducted to the BYU Hall of Fame in 1998

Post-BYU Honors and Societies

  • Has been named U.S. Road Racer of the Year five times
  • Has a career-best marathon time of 2:10.59
  • As a coach at BYU, his teams have been in the nation’s top 25 every year he has coached
  • Finished a coaching career-high NCAA 5th place in 2001
  • Has eight Mountain West Conference Championships as a coach
  • Named MWC Coach of the Year 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1998

1982 | Freshman Year

  • Fourth in WAC/District Seven Championships, 29:59.3
  • Eighth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships
  • Third at TAC World Junior Cross Country Championships

1983 | Sophomore Year

  • First in the Pre-District Seven Cross Country Meet, 30:53.5
  • First in the Stanford Cross Country Invitational, 30:13
  • First in the BYU-Nike Cross Country Classic, 28:40
  • First in the Colorado Cross Country Invitational, 30:14
  • First in the WAC/District Seven Championships, 30:09.6
  • Third in the WAC 10,000-meters, 29:48.91
  • Sixth in the NCAA 10,000-meters, 29:55.29
  • Ninth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 30:13.0
  • Received the Memorial Scholarship/Athlete Award
  • Thirtieth in the TAC World Cross Country Championships

1984 | Junior Year

  • First in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 29:28.8
  • First in the WAC Cross Country Championships, 29:16.3
  • First in the BYU-Nike Cross Country Classic, 28:17
  • First in the North Carolina Cross Country Invitational, 23:29
  • First in the Wisconsin Cross Country Invitational, 23:31.5
  • First in the Holiday Bowl 10,000
  • First in the NCAA 10,000-meters, 28:05.30
  • First in the WAC 5,000-meters, 13:52.54
  • Second in the WAC 10,000-meters, 28:36.59
  • Sixth in the TAC World Cross Country Championships
  • Qualified for the 10,000-meter 1984 Olympic Trials
  • Became the BYU 10,000-meter record holder, 27:56.06

1985 | Senior Year

  • First in the Cornhusker Invitational Indoor Two Mile, 8:33.95
  • First in the WAC Indoor Mile
  • First in the WAC Indoor Two-Mile
  • Second in the NCAA Indoor 3,000-meters
  • Second in the Dallas-Times Herald Indoor Two Mile, 8:23.10
  • Winner of the Ed Stein Award for the top student-athlete award at BYU
  • Clocked in at 27:41.1 at Mt. SAC relays for the fastest 10,000 meters time in the world at the time
  • Selected as a finalist for the NCAA Today’s Top Five Award
  • Was a CoSida Academic All-American
  • Received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship
  • First non-football player to win the WAC’s Stan Bates Award