Ed Eyestone
Last School
Bonneville High School
Roster Years


  • B.A. in psychology from BYU
  • Master's in exercise science from BYU


  • Born in American Samoa
  • Raised in Ogden, Utah


  • Served an LDS church mission to Barcelona, Spain
  • Married to Lynn (a former Miss Utah) and they are the parents of six daughters

Career Highlights

  • Ten-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track and Cross Country
  • Qualified for United States Olympic Team Trial, 1984 Summer Games
  • Three-time member of the United States Cross Country Team (World Championships)
  • Individual NCAA Cross Country Champion, 1984 at Penn State
  • 10,000 meter Champion NCAA Track and Field Championship 1984, 1985
  • 5,000 meter Champion NCAA Track and Field Championship 1985
  • Placed sixth in TAC World Cross Country Championship at Medowlands, NJ 1984
  • Western Athletic Conference Champion 1984, 1985
  • Clocked in 27:41.1 at Mt. SAC Relays 1985, fastest 10,000 meters time in the world at the time
  • School record-holder 10,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 3,000 meter, 2 miles
  • WAC All-American Academic at large athlete
  • All-WAC Conference approximately 20 times
  • WAC Stan Bates Award
  • Recipient of the NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship Award 1985

Before BYU

  • Lettered in track and cross country at Ogden High School (Utah)
  • Earned a scholarship to BYU to run track and cross country

After BYU

  • Was a professional distance runner for 15 years
  • Two-time Olympian, 1988, 1992
  • Three-time member of the United State Cross Country Team
  • Worked as an assistant coach at Weber State, 1996-98
  • Inducted to the BYU Hall of Fame in 1998

Post-BYU Honors and Societies

  • Has been named U.S. Road Racer of the Year five times
  • Has a career-best marathon time of 2:10.59
  • Coached the BYU men's cross country team to the 2019 NCAA title, the program's first
  • Became the first man to win an individual cross country national title and coach a team to a national title
  • Named the USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year in 2019
  • As a coach at BYU, his teams have been in the nation’s top 25 every year he has coached
  • Finished NCAA 5th place in 2001
  • Has eight Mountain West Conference Championships as a coach
  • Named MWC Coach of the Year 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1998


  • Barcelona , Spain
1998 BYU Hall of Fame

1998 BYU Hall of Fame

As head coach, two-time Olympian Ed Eyestone has established a team that is considered to be one of the elite programs in the nation. Since his arrival in 2000, the Cougars won the Mountain West Conference Championship eight times.

Eyestone, who was a 10-time All-American at BYU as an athlete, has guided his teams to greatness as the head coach. Beginning with a national ranking of 23rd in his first season, Eyestones teams have been in the nations top 25 every year since then, including a 5th-place finish in 2004.

Since taking on the head coaching responsibilities, Eyestone has coached six cross country athletes to nine All-American citations and an individual National Champion. John Hedengren earned All-American status in the 2000 season, becoming the first All-American for BYU since Mark Johanson earned the award in 1995. Nathan Robison earned the All-American honor at the end of the 2003 season, Chandler Goodwin received the award in 2005 and 2007 and Josh Rohatinsky earned it in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2006 Josh Rohatinsky crowned his college cross country career by winning the National Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana. Kyle Perry became an All-American, finishing in 10th place in 2008. Most recently, Miles Batty earned All-American honors after a 15th place finish at the National Cross Country Championships in 2010. Eyestone has also coached athletes to 33 All-American citations in track.

Eyestone earned his first MWC Coach of the Year award in 2002 after his teams winning performance at the conference championships. He has since been honored with five additional MWC Coach of the Year awards, including the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Not only has he coached several great athletes during his coaching career, but Eyestone also served as a commentator for ESPN and Fox Sports Elite Racing for 12 years and has been a columnist for Runners World magazine since 1999. In 2008 Eyestone was the head distance analyst for NBCs coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

Freshman Year 1982

  • Fourth in WAC/District Seven Championships, 29:59.3
  • Eighth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships
  • Third at TAC World Junior Cross Country Championships
Sophmore Year 1983

  • First in the Pre-District Seven Cross Country Meet, 30:53.5
  • First in the Stanford Cross Country Invitational, 30:13
  • First in the BYU-Nike Cross Country Classic, 28:40
  • First in the Colorado Cross Country Invitational, 30:14
  • First in the WAC/District Seven Championships, 30:09.6
  • Third in the WAC 10,000-meters, 29:48.91
  • Sixth in the NCAA 10,000-meters, 29:55.29
  • Ninth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 30:13.0
  • Received the Memorial Scholarship/Athlete Award
  • Thirtieth in the TAC World Cross Country Championships
Junior Year 1984

  • First in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 29:28.8
  • First in the WAC Cross Country Championships, 29:16.3
  • First in the BYU-Nike Cross Country Classic, 28:17
  • First in the North Carolina Cross Country Invitational, 23:29
  • First in the Wisconsin Cross Country Invitational, 23:31.5
  • First in the Holiday Bowl 10,000
  • First in the NCAA 10,000-meters, 28:05.30
  • First in the WAC 5,000-meters, 13:52.54
  • Second in the WAC 10,000-meters, 28:36.59
  • Sixth in the TAC World Cross Country Championships
  • Qualified for the 10,000-meter 1984 Olympic Trials
  • Became the BYU 10,000-meter record holder, 27:56.06
Senior Year 1985

  • First in the Cornhusker Invitational Indoor Two Mile, 8:33.95
  • First in the WAC Indoor Mile
  • First in the WAC Indoor Two-Mile
  • Second in the NCAA Indoor 3,000-meters
  • Second in the Dallas-Times Herald Indoor Two Mile, 8:23.10
  • Winner of the Ed Stein Award for the top student-athlete award at BYU
  • Clocked in at 27:41.1 at Mt. SAC relays for the fastest 10,000 meters time in the world at the time
  • Selected as a finalist for the NCAA Today’s Top Five Award
  • Was a CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • Received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship
  • First non-football player to win the WAC’s Stan Bates Award
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year