Heading into his tenth season as the men’s cross country coach and distance track 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 of the last nine seasons.
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, Eyestone’s teams have been in the nation’s top 25 every year since then, including a 5th-place finish in 2004.
Since taking on the head coaching responsibilities, Eyestone has coached five cross country athletes to eight 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 Haut, Indiana. Kyle Perry was Eyestone’s latest cross country All-American finishing in 10th place in the 2008 NCAA championship. 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 team’s 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 Sport’s “Elite Racing” for 12 years and has been a columnist for Runner’s World magazine since 1999. In 2008 Eyestone was the head distance analyst for NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics.
Before coming to BYU, Eyestone was a professional distance runner for 15 years, and he was an assistant coach at Weber State University from 1996-1998.
Eyestone won every collegiate cross country race he entered his senior year and earned the 1984 NCAA cross country championship title. He became only the third athlete to win the rare triple crown of national titles: winning the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and cross country titles all in that same year. During his remarkable senior season in 1985, he set an NCAA record in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, running 27:41.05.
Eyestone capped his running career by competing in the marathon as a member of two Olympic teams, first in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, and then in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, the same area where he earlier served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He has been named U.S. Road Racer of the Year five times and has a career-best marathon time is 2:10.59.
Eyestone excelled as a student as well during his collegiate career. He earned two degrees from BYU, a bachelor’s in psychology and a master's in exercise science. He was a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American with a cumulative GPA of 3.69 and won the prestigious NCAA Top Six Award given to the country’s top six student athletes.
Eyestone is married to Lynn, and they are the parents of six daughters.