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Pat Tyson
Position: Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country
Alma Mater: University of Oregon, 1973
Email: tyson@athletics.gonzaga.edu
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Recognized as one of the most successful cross country coaches in the United States, Coach Pat Tyson is entering his seventh season as Director of Cross Country and Track & Field at Gonzaga University. His primary duties are to coach the men distance runners. 

During his tenure, the Gonzaga program has evolved into one of the top 10 Division 1 programs in the West.  He has coached two First Team All-West Coast Conference athletes, Chris Boyle (4th in 2011) and Willie Milam (9th in 2013).  His 2013 Cross Country team ended up being ranked #11 in the Western Regional ahead of PAC-12 teams California and Arizona.  On the track side of things, Tyson has coached his athletes to breaking all indoor and outdoor records and has greatly reshaped the all-time top 10 performances.  Brent Felnagle qualified for the NCAA 1500 meters in 2013 and Nick Roche (3000 Meter Steeplechase) and Willie Milam (5000 meters) represented the Zags in the NCAA First round at the University of Arkansas this past spring.  Brent Felnagle and Willie Milam made Academic All-American teams as will. 

Before accepting his position with Gonzaga, Tyson held similar positions at the University of Oregon and University of Kentucky and spent 20 years at Mead High School in Washington State while developing it into a distance running powerhouse.

While serving as the Oregon men’s distance coach for the 2005 spring campaign, his runners combined for two All-America honors and four NCAA invites, six top-eight PAC-10 finishes, two USA Junior Championships invites, and several appearances on UO's hallowed all-time top-10 lists.

During Tyson's time of coaching at Mead, the Harriers achieved an impressive record of 180-8 in one of the toughest dual-meet leagues in the nation. Reaching state competition 18 consecutive years to win 12 state titles, they never placed worse than third. During that time, the Harriers had a nine-year streak when they never lost a competition. In his last three years at Mead, Tyson's teams placed third, fourth, and fifth at the Nike Team National Championships held in Portland, Oregon.

For his remarkable work with the Mead Harriers, Tyson has been named Washington State Coach of the Year multiple times. He was nominated for National High School Coach of the Year when his Mead teams were ranked No. 1 by Harrier magazine. Tyson has produced nine Washington State prep champions and nine Foot Locker Cross Country Championship finalists. Several of his runners have placed on the All-Time Top 100 List for the state of Washington. Additionally, Tyson worked with the 2008 U.S. Olympic team during trials.

Pat Tyson developed his philosophies of training and competition while associating with legendary coaches and runners. He ran at the University of Oregon for Coaches Bill Dellinger and Bill Bowerman, the coach of four NCAA champion teams and the cofounder of Nike, Inc. While at Oregon, he was a teammate and roommate of Steve Prefontaine, Olympian and winner of three individual NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships.

As a competitive athlete, Tyson ran cross country and track at the University of Oregon, where he competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships and helped lead Oregon to first-, second-, and third-place finishes.

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