Wade Watkins begins his fourth year as CBU's Head Cross Country Coach and
third as the Head Distance Track Coach.
In 2010, the Lancer men spent four weeks ranked inside the NAIA's Top
25, reaching as high as No. 23 in the final poll and narrowly missing
out on an at-large bid to the national championships. They finished
third at the GSAC Championships and had three athletes--Sergio
Rodriguez, Mitchell Moore and Joshua Massey--earn All-GSAC honors, the
highest number of honorees during his tenure.
In seven meets, the Lancer men finished in the top five in five of them,
and they picked up their first invitational championship, winning the
Redlands Invitational in just their second meet of the season.
On the women's side, the Lancers had four top five finishes with a
season-best second place finish at the Cal State San Marcos Cougar
Inviational. After two straight seventh place finishes, the Lancer women
finished fifth at the GSAC Championships.
Watkins was hired Feb. 13, 2008, and was charged with re-starting the
program from scratch. The program made great progress in 2009 as the
Lancer men, who at one point were ranked No. 22 in the
NAIA, finished the season just one spot and 20 points out of the NAIA's
They finished second in the GSAC Championships behind Westmont, and
sophomore Javier Madrid qualified as an individual for the NAIA National
Championships where he finished 174th out of 323 competitors. The
Lancer women finished seventh at the GSAC Championships with Jacquie
Lutz leading the way with a 20th place finish.
In the spring of 2010, Watkins spearheaded the re-emergence of track at
CBU, competing in distance events only.
This past year, the Lancers had six qualifiers--four men and two
women--for the NAIA Outdoor Championships. Chase Williams had the most
success, advancing to the semifinals of the men's 800 meters. Williams
also became the program's first GSAC Champion, winning the 800 meters,
since it was reinstaed. Both he and Chris Cline earned All-GSAC honors
in the 800. It was Cline's second straight honor.
CBU also had its men's and women's teams honored with the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Five Star Champions of Character Award at the 2011 Outdoor Championships for displaying exemplary character throughout the 2010-11 campaign.
In 2010, they had two national
qualifiers, both on the women's side. Lutz finished 26th in 10,000 meters at the NAIA Outdoor
National Championships, while Ana Mendoza finished 33rd. The next day,
Lutz finished 14th in her qualifying heat in the 5,000 meters. On the
men's side, Cline garnered All-GSAC honors, finishing third in the
On the indoor circut, the Lancers have had three individuals and two
relay teams qualify for the national championships in two seasons.
Williams and Ashlee Cervantes both qualified for the 1,000 meters at the
2011 NAIA Indoor Championships as well as the women's 4x800-meter relay
team. Cervantes ran a school-record time in her semifinal heat.
In 2010, Watkins led Ana Mendoza (5,00
meters) and the men's distance medley relay team to the 2010 NAIA
National Championships. It was the first time since 2002 the Lancers
were represented at the indoor championships. Both Mendoza and the men's
DMR competed in their respective semifinal heats.
Watkins spent eight seasons as the assistant coach for cross country
and track and field at NCAA Division II Cal Poly Pomona. He was a
valuable assistant for the Broncos track and field program, working with
decathletes, heptathletes, pole vaulters, jumpers as well as distance
runners, which he focused on this past season. He also served as the
lead assistant for cross country.
Prior to his stint at Cal Poly Pomona, Watkins spent 16 years at Los
Altos (Calif.) High, spending 10 of those as the head coach of both the
cross country and track and field teams. In his last seven years as head
coach, Los Altos was undefeated in cross country and won four league
titles in track and field.
In the early 1990s, Watkins competed as a nationally-ranked mountain
biker and duathlete (running and cycling). He owned a personal training
business and served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Top
Gun Volleyball Club in Diamond Bar, Calif., developing programs for 12
elite age-group volleyball teams.
For 24 years, Watkins worked full-time in the business world, owning
and managing the day-to-day operations for Lube Pit Stop (automotive
maintenance) in Industry, Calif. He recently sold the business in order
to concentrate on coaching.
Watkins graduated from Cal Poly
Pomona with his bachelor’s in kinesiology in 2003 and completed in his
master’s in sports management from the U.S. Sports
Academy in May 2008.
Watkins and his wife, Trish, live in Brea, Calif. They have four
children--Jessica (27), Matt (26), Sarah (22) and Conor (18).