Ed Eyestone
Director of Track and Field/Head Men's Cross Country Coach
(801) 422-3329

Track Coaching Highlights

  • Has coached 46 All-Americans in distance events (individual and relay)
  • Five of Eyestone's distance runners have won national championships (Kenneth Rooks – 2023 steeplechase, Clayton Young – 2019 10,000m, Miles Batty – 2011 mile, Kyle Perry – 2009 steeplechase, Josh McAdams – 2006 steeplechase)
  • Coached the distance medley relay national champions at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships
  • 2012 Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year (Men's Track and Field)
  • Coached former BYU track and field athlete Jared Ward to a sixth-place finish in the marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janerio
  • Was named head coach of Team USA at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda

Cross Country Coaching Highlights

  • Coached the 2019 National Championship team to the first title in program history
  • Named 2019 Coach of the Year after leading his team to an NCAA championship
  • Has guided BYU to 17 conference titles, including eight in the Mountain West Conference (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and nine in the West Coast Conference (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Has coached 17 All-Americans who have earned 27 All-America honors
  • Since taking over the program in 2000, has led BYU to a top 25 finish at the NCAA Championships in each season, including top-10 finishes in 2004 (fifth), 2008 (ninth), 2011 (fourth), 2012 (sixth), 2013 (fourth), 2016 (seventh), 2017 (third), 2018 (second) and 2019 (first)
  • Has led BYU to 14 top-three finishes in the Mountain Region Championships, including titles in 2009 and 2011
  • Coached two runners to three NCAA Individual National Championships in Josh Rohatinsky (2006) & Conner Mantz (2020, 2021)
  • Seven-time WCC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Six-time MWC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year (2002, 2004-08)
  • 2009 Mountain Region Coach of the Year (Men's Cross Country)
  • BYU Hall of Fame Inductee (1998)

Coaching Experience

  • BYU Track Head Coach (2013-Present)
  • BYU Head Cross Country Coach (2000-Present)
  • BYU Men's Track Assistant Coach (2000-13)
  • Weber State Assistant Coach (1996-98)

Collegiate Running Career (BYU)

  • 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
  • One of only four runners in NCAA history to capture the "Triple Crown," which means an athlete wins the individual title in cross country, 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter races (1984-85 season)
  • Western Athletic Conference Champion (1984-85)
  • 10-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track and Cross Country
  • BYU record-holder 10,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 3,000 meter, 2 miles
  • GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American (3.69 GPA)
  • NCAA Top Six Award Winner

Professional Running Career

  • Two-time Olympian (1988, 1992)
  • Five-time U.S. Road Racer of the Year as a professional runner
  • An eight-time member of the U.S. Cross Country Team that competed in the World Cross Country Championships


  • BYU (1985, B.A.)
  • BYU (M.S.)


  • Barcelona, Spain


  • Professional distance runner for 15 years
  • Married to Lynn Eyestone
  • Ed and Lynn are the parents of six daughters

Ed Eyestone is on BYUtv's Legends

Eyestone, who was a 10-time All-American at BYU as an athlete, has guided his teams to greatness as head coach. He led the 2019 national champion team to a 54 point to win the first title in program history. 

Beginning with a national ranking of 23rd in his first season, Eyestone's cross country teams have been in the nation's top 25 every year since, including finishing third place in 2017 and as national runner-ups in 2018.

Since taking on the head coaching responsibilities, Eyestone has coached 17 cross country athletes to 27 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. Miles Batty earned All-American honors after a 15th place finish at the National Cross Country Championships in 2010. In 2018, Eyestone coached a BYU single-season record of four All-Americans in one season. The 2019 national championship team featured three All-Americans, including Conner Mantz who took third overall. Eyestone has also coached distance athletes to 46 All-American citations in track.

Eyestone was named 2019 National Coach of the Year after coaching the Cougars to its first national championship. He earned his first MWC Coach of the Year award in 2002 after his team's winning performance at the conference championships. He has since been honored with five additional MWC Coach of the Year awards and six WCC Coach of the Year awards.

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

  • 1998 BYU Hall of Fame Inductee

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