June 18, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced Monday the hiring of Bryan Berryhill as the new UW head track and field/cross country coach.
"It is a great indication of the potential of this program for us to be able to attract a coach of Bryan Berryhill's caliber," Burman said. "His proven success as a collegiate and professional athlete, as well as being a head cross country coach and an assistant track coach, has been impressive. We look forward to seeing our track and field and cross country programs grow under his direction."
Berryhill comes to Wyoming after serving as the head cross country and assistant track coach at Colorado State University since 2006. He was named the 2007 Women's NCAA Regional and Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year after the CSU women won their first-ever team titles at the Mountain West Conference championships and the NCAA Mountain Region championships in the same season.
He had a stellar collegiate career at CSU, earning 10 All-America honors in cross country and track. A national champion in the indoor 1-mile run and outdoor 1,500-meter run in 2001, Berryhill holds five individual and three relay records at CSU. He competed as a professional track athlete from 2001-04 and 2005-07.
Prior to his appointment as the head coach, he was a volunteer assistant coach for the cross country program at CSU from 2004-06.
"I've been at CSU for a long time and I appreciate everything they have provided me as a coach and athlete, but I've always admired the success they have had across the border (at Wyoming)," Berryhill said.
"I was blown away by the support the track and field program receives. Everybody is behind making the program successful."
Berryhill believes he can make UW's distance runners a cornerstone of the program.
"From a distance-running standpoint, with all the running trails and the altitude, that should be a phenomenal advantage," he said. "That was really attractive to me, as well."
The CSU women finished second or better in the MW Cross Country Championships in four of the six years of Berryhill's tenure. In his time with the Rams, he has coached student-athletes to six school records and he coached the only CSU woman to win a Mountain West cross country individual title, as April Thomas won in 2007.
The CSU women's distance squad scored 55 points at the 2012 MW Outdoor Championships, accounting for 41 percent of the total team points.
Berryhill will finalize and announce his coaching staff at UW at a later date.
Berryhill received his bachelor's degree in forestry from CSU in May 2001. He and his wife Toni, have three children, Libby, Eli and Lainey.