Patrick Shane Staff Bio | Women's Cross Country Head Coach/Assistant Track & Field Coach

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Patrick Shane

Career Highlights

Track & Field

  • Spent three seasons as the women's track and field head coach
  • Won MWC Indoor and Outdoor Championships during first season as head coach in 2011
  • Named MWC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year as well as Mountain Region Coach of the Year in 2011
  • Coached two national chamipions and nine All-Americans in 2011 and 2012

Cross Country

  • 34th season as cross country head coach
  • Under his direction, the women's team has finished in the top 10, 19 times and in the top 20, 22 times
  • Shane has coached six Olympians and 29 All-American cross country runners (48 All-America citations total)
  • Coached the first women's team in BYU history to win a national championship (1997)
  • Won four cross country national championships (1997, 1999, 2001 and 2002)
  • Won 24 conference championships
  • Named Intermountain Athletic Conference (IAC) Coach of the Year twice
  • Named High Country Athletic Conference (HCAC) Coach of the Year four times
  • Named District VII Coach of the Year nine times 
  • Named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Coach of the Year six times
  • Named Mountain West Conference (MWC) Coach of the Year four times
  • As part of the Mountain West Conference (1999-2011), his team won eight of eleven conference titles.
  • Named NCAA Coach of the Year three times (1997, 2000 and 2001)
  • Won 16 region championships, most recently in 2003
  • Took sixth at the AIAW National Championships in his first season as head coach

Coaching Experience

  • BYU Track & Field Head Coach (2011-2013)
  • BYU Cross Country Head Coach (1980-Present)
  • USA Women's Junior National Track and Field Head Coach (2008-Beijing)
  • USA Women's National Cross Country Head Coach (1999)
  • Provo High School Track and Cross Country Head Coach (1974-1980)

Service

  • Served as the president of the Utah High School Track Coaches Association 
  • Member and vice president of the Utah Sports Council of Utah High School Coaches

Education

  • BYU (1970, B.A.- Physical Education; 1972, M.A- Physical Education)

Running Career

  • Four-year letter winner on the BYU track and cross country teams (1966-1970)

Personal/Family

  • Wife: Karey 
  • Patrick and Karey are the parents of seven children
  • Son, Chris Shane, is the assistant coach of the cross country and track programs at the University of San Francisco
Patrick Shane

Coach Shane enters his 33rd season as the women's cross country coach at BYU. Since his arrival, Shane has turned the team into one of dominance. With four NCAA Championship titles and three runner-up finishes in the past 15 seasons, Shane has built a team that is nationally recognized as a team to beat every year. Under  Shane's reign, the Cougars have powered their way into the national spotlight winning national championships in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2002.

In his 32 seasons as coach of the Cougars, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named Shane the National Cross Country Coach of the Year three times, most recently in 2002. In 1997, Shane and his team became the first BYU women's team to win a national title. With four national titles under their feet, the women's cross country team stand alone as the only BYU team to win four national championships.

Since 1981, when the NCAA took over womens athletics, Shane's teams have missed the national meet only four times. Throughout his coaching tenure at BYU, the women's team has finished in the top 10, 19 times and finished in the top 20, 22 times. 

Shane has coached six Olympians and 47 All-American cross country runners. His cross country teams have caught a hold of 24 conference championships.

Since joining the Mountain West Conference in 1999, the Cougars have been the dominant team, winning eight of eleven conference titles.

When Shane took the helm as BYUs womens cross country coach in 1980, he took a team built from scratch and finished first at the AIAW District VII meet. The team went on to take sixth at the AIAW National Championships. Since then, Shane's teams have won 16 District VII Championships (now the Mountain Region as of 2005).

Shane was twice named IAC Coach of the Year, HCAC Coach of the Year four times, District VII Coach of the Year nine times, WAC Coach of the Year six times and MWC Coach of the Year four times. 

In 2011 Shane took charge of the women's track and field program as the new head coach replacing former head coach Craig Poole due to his retirement. During Shane's first year as head coach and the team's last season in the MWC, Shane led the team to first-place finishes during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. He was also named the MWC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year as well as the Mountain Region Outdoor Coach of the Year.

In 2012 BYU competed as the newest member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) for the indoor season finishing seventh and competed as an independent during the outdoor season. Now in his third year as the women's track head coach, Shane looks to return to familiar territory at the top of the conference standings.

In June 2013 the men's and women's track programs combined and Shane was named an assistant coach. He will continue in his duties as head women's cross country coach.

In addition to his experience at BYU, Shane has spent significant time coaching at national and international competitions. He was selected as the head coach of the USA Junior National Women's Team for the 1995 World Cross Country Championships in Durham, England, as well as the USA National Women's Team for the 1999 World Cross Country Championships in Portugal. In 2008, he was also selected as the head coach of the USA National Women's Track and Field Team for the IAAF World Junior Champions in Poland. Shane is one of the principle authors in development of the USA Track and Field Coaching Education Program.

Shane is married to Karey, and they are the parents of seven children.