BYU graduate joins Eastern after serving as an assistant at San Francisco
Chris Shane, a BYU graduate who most recently was an assistant at the University of San Francisco, has been hired as Eastern Washington University’s new head cross country coach and coach of the distance runners for the Eagle Track and Field team.
He takes over a talented group of EWU distance runners for both the men and women. Last year, the women finished fourth at the Big Sky Conference Championships, equaling the team's highest finish in program history. The men placed sixth, just eight points out of fourth place in the 12-team league.
Sarah Reiter brought home Eastern's first-ever individual cross country conference title and Berenice Penaloza also earned all-league honors with a ninth-place finish. Reiter and Penaloza and are back in 2015, with no seniors among the seven women who competed at last year’s league championships, and just two among the seven men who took part.
Reiter went on to earn All-Big Sky honors on the track with a runner-up finish in the 10,000 at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships, that coming after a third-place finish in 2014. Other performers returning who have earned All-Big Sky honors (top 3 finish at league championship meets) include Paula Gil-Echevarria (3rd in the mile indoors in 2015 and third in the steeplechase outdoors in 2015); Catie Arrigoni (champion in the steeplechase in 2014 and second in the 5,000 outdoors in 2014); and Katie Mahoney (3rd in the steeplechase in 2014 and 2nd in 2013).
Shane has six years of NCAA Division I coaching experience, including from 2012-14 as a distance coach at USF. The previous four years were spent at BYU, and he lived in Holliday, Utah, along with his wife, Amy. He is formerly from Orem, Utah, and graduated from BYU in 2012.
He joins an Eastern coaching staff that includes long-time coaches Stan Kerr and Marcia Mecklenburg.
"I thank Marcia and Stan for bringing me on board here at Eastern,” said Shane. “I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to many years of growth and success. Eastern Washington is a special place with massive potential -- now it's time to turn that potential into reality."
In his first two seasons at USF, Shane assisted in coaching back-to-back individual West Coast Conference champions Eva Krchova and Bridget Dahlberg, as well as runner-up Eric Causey. On the track, he helped 14 student-athletes reach the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including All-American Jana Soethout. As a team, the USF women placed 18th in 2013 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
In his four years at BYU, he worked alongside his father Patrick Shane, the current head coach of the women's cross country team at BYU. Chris assisted in coaching three national champions on the track, 20 All-American athletes and 30 Mountain West Conference champions while at BYU.
He was a member of the BYU coaching staff for three top 15 NCAA Indoor team finishes, including a third-place finish in 2009. In addition, Shane helped coach three top 30 NCAA Cross Country team finishes, with two top 15 individual finishes.
Shane graduated from Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah, in 1998, then was a missionary in Puebla, Mexico, from 1999-2001 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He attended and competed for BYU from 2001-03, then spent six years working in sales and marketing in the private sector.
He returned to BYU and received his bachelor’s degree in 2012 in exercise and wellness. He began his coaching career in 2008 as an assistant distance coach at BYU. He received his United States Track and Field (USATF) Level I coaching education certification in 2012, and is scheduled to complete his Level II certification this year.