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Pat Tyson

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Pat Tyson has been coaching for 46 years with the last twelve as the head cross country and track & field coach at Gonzaga University. Prior to that, Tyson built a dynasty at Mead high school in Spokane, Washington. At Mead his boys teams were always amongst the nation's best.  Tyson's teams won 14 Washington state titles with five runner-up finishes and three third place finishes. Mead was the #1 ranked team in the US in 1993 and has several appearances at NXN including a third place finish in 2004 and fourth place finish in 2005. Tyson's harriers have an astonishing ten Footlocker Finals appearances and his track performance lists require beating 4:11 and 9:05 to crack the top ten. Tyson ran at the University of Oregon for legendary coaches Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger. Teaming up with teammate and roommate Steve Prefontaine, Tyson helped the Ducks to an NCAA XC title as well as 2nd and 3rd place finishes. 

Dr. Jeffrey I. Messer

Desert Vista High School

Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Messer has been coaching distance runners for 19 years and guided two different schools to nine state championships and four Nike Cross Nationals top 8 finishes. Messer has also helped three individuals qualify to five Footlocker Finals. He has coached both boys and girls at Desert Vista and has been successful with both. Dr. Messer serves as the department chair in exercise physiology at Mesa Community College and is regarded as one of the brightest scientific minds in our sport. Dr. Messer is one of the nation's most sought after clinicians and will be speaking on the current science and it's application in endurance training as well as training theory.


Dave Emmans

Wayzata High School

Wayzata, MN

Emmans is the girls coach at Wayzata high school in Minnesota. His girls are perennial Nike Cross Nationals qualifiers and Heartland region champions. In 2013 the Wayzata girls won the Nike Cross National Championship and this past season they finished third. The Wayzata girls have won five Heartland championships and finished top 7 at NXN five times as well. He is a USATF coaching instructor and will discuss training theory and communication.

Brian Finnel

Middleton High School

Madison, WI

Finnel is the head coach at Middleton high school in Wisconsin. His boys are one of the strongest up and coming programs in the nation as they have qualified for Nike Cross Nationals each of the last two seasons. Personally a great runner himself, Finnel recently finished 54th overall in the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:26.26. He will discuss team culture and training theory.

Dave Emmans





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