San Francisco Hires Chris Shane as Assistant Coach - Cross Country and Track and Field
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco cross country and track and field programs took a major step toward continued success on Tuesday, announcing the hiring of Assistant Coach Chris Shane.
"I see San Francisco as a premier destination for distance running and look forward to continuing our excellent program on the women's side as well as building our men's team into a national power," Shane said.
Shane spent the past four years at BYU, a program with a rich tradition of successful distance running on both men's and women's side. Shane, a USATF Certified Coach, worked with his father Patrick, the current head coach of the women's cross country team at BYU. BYU became an official member of the West Coast Conference last season.
"I am thrilled to have Chris on staff," Head Coach Helen Lehman-Winters said. "We did an extensive search for this position and I know he is going to do a great job here."
Shane assisted in coaching three national champions on the track, 20 All-American athletes and thirty Mountain West Conference champions. The Provo, Utah native was also a member of the BYU coaching staff for three top 15 NCAA Indoor Team finishes with 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 comes from a strong tradition of elite distance running and understands success at the highest level as well as our own program expectations for success on both the men's and women's side," Lehman-Winters said. "I am confident he will work well with our team and is also going to be excellent recruiter."