Ryan Waite, a former standout runner at Brigham Young University who spent three years as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at his alma mater, joined the University of Delaware staff in October, 2016.
Waite works closely with Delaware's cross country team and indoor/outdoor track & field distance runners as an assistant coach to veteran head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith.
A native of Saint Helens, Ore., Waite was a standout at Brigham Young where he was a five-time All-American and three-time West Coast Conference individual champion in distance events before graduating in 2014 with a degree in communications. He earned a spot on the USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Team in 2012.
He also set the school indoor 800 meter run record and was a member of the school-record holding distance medley relay team during his career with the Cougars.
Waite began his coaching career as a student assistant at BYU in 2013-14 and helped lead the men's cross country team to a West Coast Conference championship and fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships as Tylor Thatcher and Jared Ward earned All-American honors.
He played a big part in helping Ward earn All-American honors during the indoor track season in the 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter events. Ward competed in the marathon event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Waite went on to serve as director of track & field operations for two years at BYU in 2014-16 and worked closely with head coach Ed Eyestone on all administrative responsibilties for the team.
Waite continues to compete post-collegiatly, most prominently as a professional pace setter, and has paced multiple professional races in the United States and Canada.
In 2015 and 2016, he paced workouts for the Nike Oregon Project in their buildup to the 2016 Olympic Games.
Oregon Project athletes went on to have major success in the Olympics with Matthew Centrowitz earning a gold medal in the men's 1,500 meters, Mo Farah winning gold medals in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs, Galen Rupp earning the bronze medal in the marathon, and Shannon Rowbury finishing fourth in the women's 1,500 meters.
He and his wife, Ashlynn, and the parents of daughter, Bria, and son, Jackson.
|Hometown:||Saint Helens, Ore.|
|High School:||St. Helens|
|Alma Mater:||Brigham Young|