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Wayne Phipps has had his share of good fortune as he begins his sixth season as co-head coach of the University of Idaho track and field program and the head coach of the cross country program. In his first season the Vandal men were Big West Champs and Phipps was named the 2000 Men?s Big West Track and Field Coach of the Year. In 2001 the men and women were both Big West Champs and Phipps was named the 2001 Big West Track and Field Coach of the Year once again. In his fourth season the Vandal women were Big West Cross Country Champions, Phipps was named the 2002 Big West Cross Country Coach of the Year, and the women were the 2003 Big West Track and Field Champions. In each of his first three years the men?s team finished in the top 30 in the nation both indoors and outdoors making Idaho one of only nine school in the nation (and the only school in the west) to accomplish that feat.

As an assistant at Idaho, Phipps helped the Vandals win three conference championships including the 1997 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships over all Big West and Pac-10 rivals. During that time Phipps coached the distance runners and intermediate hurdlers and achieved a great deal of success. He coached three NCAA All-Americans, including Frank Bruder who placed second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the 1997 NCAA Championships. Phipps also coached three all-conference cross country athletes, four conference champions, two conference record holders and the school record holders in the 400 meter hurdles, 3,000 meter steeplechase, indoor 3,000 meters, and the distance medley relay.

Phipps began his coaching career in his hometown of Prince George, British Columbia with the Prince George Track and Field Club. While there he coached several provincial and national medalists and champions in events from the 100 meters up to the 5,000 meters. Phipps graduated from D.P. Todd Secondary where he was a three-year letter winner in basketball and a four-year letter winner in track and cross country. He also competed for the Prince George Track and Field Club under the tutelage of his coach and father, Ron, and he was a provincial champion and medalist in events ranging from 100 meters to cross country. Phipps competed for the University of Montana and the University of British Columbia where he graduated in 1991 with a bachelor?s degree in exercise science. He has participated in both cross country and track and field national championships in Canada. After completing his master?s of science in exercise and movement science with a sports medicine major and minors in biomechanics and exercise physiology at the University of Oregon, Phipps moved to the University of Idaho to begin working on his Ph.D. in sports science.

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