Zags host the Gonzaga-Idaho Dual at Mead High School Saturday
Zags host Idaho in dual on Sept. 16
Zags ink four runners for the 2017-18 season
Thurston and Kaderabek pace respective programs
Max Kaderabek led GU men with a 62nd place finish
Recognized as one of the most successful cross country coaches in the United States, Coach Pat Tyson is in his ninth 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. Under his coaching, the Zags have made first-ever appearances at national championships, had program-best finishes at conference and regional championships, and received several prestigious academic honors. All of the top men's program's indoor and outdoor track records have been set in the past three years, and the fastest times in cross country have been run since 2014.
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.
07/26/2017 - Cross Country Releases 2017 Schedule
05/25/2017 - Mildes Named Academic All-District
04/27/2017 - Men’s Cross Country and Track Signs Talented Class
11/11/2016 - Zags Wrap Up Cross Country Season at Regionals
11/09/2016 - Gonzaga Harriers Head to Regionals
10/28/2016 - Thurston Runs to All-Conference Finish at WCC Championships
10/28/2016 - Mildes and Thurston Named Academic All-Conference
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