Coach Mark Robison is entering his 10th year as the men’s head track coach. This is his 25th year at BYU, where he spent three years as a graduate assistant and 12 years as a full-time assistant coach. He will continue the Robison tradition as head coach, being the son of the legendary coach Clarence Robison who coached at BYU for 40 years.
Mark Robison spent five years coaching in the high school ranks, including three years at Idaho Falls High School. His areas of specialty since coaching at BYU have included the jumps, throws and combined events.
Robison graduated from Provo High School, where he earned All-State honors in track for two years as a distance runner. His running career continued at BYU, where he ran the 800 meters and 1,500 meters. He also competed one year in cross country. Robison earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1982 (co-valedictorian) and an MS in physical education from BYU 1986. At the completion of his master’s degree, he spent five years as a part-time student at the University of Utah in the pursuit of a Ph.D. in sports psychology.
During Robison's time at BYU, the Cougars have won 21 Indoor Conference Championships and 20 Outdoor Conference Championships. He has coached 142 conference champions. Since taking over as head coach in 2001, Robison has won 11 MWC Coach of the Year awards (5 Indoor, 6 Outdoor) and 17 MWC Championships (8 Indoor, 9 Outdoor). His athletes have earned 60 All-American citations, with six National Champions.
Robison and his staff of talented and experienced individuals will strive to continue the standard of excellence upheld throughout the program’s existence. Two-time Olympian Ed Eyestone brings a vast knowledge of distance running to the program. Leonard Myles-Mills, one of the top-ten sprinters in the world, also adds a wealth of experience.
The 2006 Y Awards Coach of the Year, Robison follows in the tradition of BYU track established by his father, Clarence Robison, Willard Hirschi and Sherald James, and has benefited from their personal tutelage during his time with the team.
He is married to Jaye Lynn, and they are the parents of six children: Nathan, Nicole, Aaron, Isaac, Alex and Cameron. Nathan ran and Aaron runs for the men’s cross country and track teams.