Ben Gall took over the California Baptist University cross country/distance track programs in 2012. He guided the Lancers in their transition from the NAIA to the NCAA, with a stop in the NCCAA along the way.
Gall has received consecutive PacWest Coach of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013. Both came in men's cross country after the Lancers won conference titles, stretching their championship streak to three seasons. CBU has also had its fair share of national success under Gall.
In cross country, he has coached 20 all-conference runners, five All-Americans, three PacWest Newcomer of the Year and All-West Region athletes, two conference freshmen of the year and the PacWest Runner of the Year once. On the track, CBU has produced six national champions, 23 All-Americans, seven individual conference champions and 28 all-conference performances with Gall at the helm.
In 2013, Gall guided the team to five top-five finishes and the NCAA Championships after it took fifth in the West Regional in its first year as a fully-fledged Division II member. CBU finished 22nd nationally, produced an NCAA All-American, two All-West Region runners and the individual PacWest Champion, Bryton Reim. The squad also won its season-opening Lancer Invitational on Sept. 7.
That same season, the women's cross country team took third in the PacWest and ninth in the West Regional. The Lancers had their first NCAA All-West Regional runner, as well, in Natalie Ball.
In his first full cross country season in 2012, Gall led the Lancer men to their second straight PacWest title, grabbing six All-PacWest honors in the process. Talal Khan won the individual title. In all, the Lancers had five top five finishes in seven meets, including a third place finish at the NCCAA Championships.
On the women's side, the Lancers finished second at the PacWest Championships and had four all-conference performers. They also had five top five finishes in seven meets, including a fourth-place finish at the NCCAA Championships. Jennifer Mallen won the NCCAA Individual National Championship.
In 2014, CBU track and field enjoyed another strong performance at the PacWest Championships. The men and women took fourth and fifth, respectively, while competing in only the distance events. In all, the Lancers produced 16 all-conference runs and four individual titles.
In his second track season at CBU in 2013, Gall led a contingent of five runners to the NCCAA Outdoor National Championships. Four of them earned All-American honors, and Trevor Henson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title. On the conference level, the Lancers had three individual champions and 12 All-PacWest honorees in the inaugural conference championships. Running just distance events while every other team had full squads, the Lancer men finished fourth overall while the women finished fifth.
Gall led the Lancers through the 2012 distance track season, coaching five NCCAA individual champions and 19 NCCAA All-Americans at both the indoor and outdoor championships.
Prior to coming to CBU, Gall spent the past 10 years as the associate head cross country/track coach at Northwest Nazarene University, an NCAA Division II institution in Nampa, Idaho. He was the head cross country coach.
This past year, Gall led the Crusaders' men's team to a fifth place finish out of 17 teams at the NCAA Division II West Region Championships, narrowly missing out on a berth to the national championships by one spot. It was the best finish in program history. Individually, Barak Watson earned All-American honors, finishing eighth as an individual at the national championships.
The Crusader women finished 13th out of 24 in the region meet.
During his time in Nampa, Gall helped coach two national champions, 17 All-Americans, 16 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) champions, 45 All-GNAC recipients, 21 Scholar-Athletes and 110 Academic All-Conference honorees.
Perhaps most notably, Gall coached Ashley Puga to NCAA Division II titles in the 800 meters at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in 2009. She also ran the sixth fastest time ever for an NCAA Division II athlete at the Mt. SAC Relays. She went on to earn 2009 NCAA Division II track athlete of the year and was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year.
A 2002 graduate of Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Ore., Gall earned his bachelor's in psychology and then completed his master's in elementary education in 2003 at Eastern Oregon. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership and management from Capella University.
Gall, who also is an assistant professor of kinesiology at NNU, holds a USATF Level Endurance Coach certification.
In 2007, Gall was elected to the Nampa School Board. He was a kindergarten teacher for the Notus School District from 2003-06, and he has also served as a camp speaker and coach at numerous Fellowship of Christian Athletes camps across the country.