Doug Padilla is one of the most decorated track athletes in BYU history. An eight-time All-American, Padilla rewrote the record books in the distance events while competing for the Cougars, setting records in the indoor mile and two mile and outdoor 1500 and 5000 meters. His 1500-meter BYU record (3:38.37) stood for 24 years and was only recently broken in the 2005 season. In 1981, Padilla won the NCAA indoor two mile in a memorable battle with UTEP Olympian Suleiman Nyambui that is considered one of the great moments in BYU sports history.
After college, Padilla was a 12-time US national champion while setting seven American records, two of which still stand (indoor two mile and indoor 5000 meters). A two-time Olympian, he is a veteran of five world championships. His accolades include victories in the 5000 meters at the 1985 World Cup and the 1986 Goodwill Games. His top ranking was in 1985 when he was ranked second in the world.
Doug joined the women’s athletic department in 1999 as an administrative assistant assigned to track and field. He is now the Director of Track and Field Operations. He has played a key role in the creation of a number of championship competitions, including the Utah Collegiate Championships, two high school championships, the Meet of Championships and the Race of Champions. He is a member of the Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA) and the US Track Meet Directors Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for USA Track and Field.
Doug is married to the former Lynette Nielson and they have four children.