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

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Career Highlights

Track & Field

  • Third season as track & field head coach
  • Won Mountain West Conference Indoor/Outdoor Championships during first season as head coach
  • Named Coach of the Year for Mountain West Conference and Mountain Region in first season as head coach
  • Coached two national chamipions and nine All-Americans in first two seasons as head coach

Cross Country

  • 33rd season as cross country head coach 
  • Under his direction, the women's team has finished in the top ten 19 times and 22 times in the top 20
  • Shane has coached six Olympians and 48 All-American cross country runners.
  • 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 IAC Coach of the Year twice
  • HCAC Coach of the Year four times
  • District VII Coach of the Year nine times 
  • WAC Coach of the Year six times
  • MWC Coach of the Year four times
  • As part of the Mountain West Conference (1999-2011), his team won eight of eleven conference titles.
  • NCAA Coach of the Year three times  (1997, 2000 and 2001)
  • Won 16 District VII Championships
  • Took sixth at the AIAW National Championships in his first season as head coach

Coaching Experience

  • BYU Track & Field Head Coach (2011-Present)
  • BYU Cross Country Head Coach (1980-Present)
  • USA Women's Junior National Track and Field Head Coach (2008- Beijing Olympics)
  • USA Women's National Cross Country Head Coach (1999)
  • Provo High School Cross Country Head Coach (1974-80)

Service

  • Served as the president of the Utah High School Track Coaches Association 
  • Member and vice presdient 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 cross country team (1966-1970)

Personal/Family

  • Wife: Karey 
  • Patrick and Karey are the parents of seven children

 

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

In his 32 seasons as coach of the Cougars, Shane has been named the National Cross Country Coach of the Year three times, most recently in 2002. In 1997, Shane and his team became the first BYU womens team to win a national title. Since then, he has guided his team to national championships in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

With four national titles under their feet, the Cougars stand alone as the only BYU team with four national championships.

Since 1981, when the NCAA took over womens athletics, Shanes teams have missed the national meet only three times. Throughout his coaching tenure at BYU, the womens team has finished in the top ten 19 times and 22 times in the top 20. A 16th-place finish in 1989 was the lowest for any of Shanes teams.
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. Shanes teams have won 16 District VII Championships.

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. On top of that, he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

Coach Shane helped develop the USATF Coaching Education Program. He was selected to be the junior womens coach for the 1995 World Cross Country Championships in Durham, England. In 1999, Shane was chosen as the senior womens coach for the World Cross Country Championships in Portugal. He was selected as the Head Coach for the USA Womens Track and Field Team for the IAAF World Junior Champions held in Poland 2008.

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