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Brad Wick enters his fifth season as the Broncos' assistant coach overseeing cross-country and distance.
In his five years working with the cross country team, Wick has had three Western Athletic Conference Freshmen of the Year: Vince Hamilton (2011), Emma Bates (2010), and Kevin Rosaaen (2009); as well as helping the 2010 men's team to a WAC cross country title. He led his men to a Mountain West fourth-place finishes in 2011 and 2012, a third-place WAC finish in 2009 as well as a second-place finish in 2008. The women placed third at the 2011 and 2012 MW Championships, as well as, fourth at the 2010 WAC Championships, sixth in 2009 and fifth in 2008. Overall Wick has coached eight first-team all-conference honorees and 13 second-team cross country honorees. In 2010 both the men's and women's teams went on to compete at the NCAA Regional Championships with Jeff Howard earning a 17th-place finish, making him a USTFCCCA All-Region Honoree. In 2011 the Bronco women placed 12th at the regional meet, and the men placed 14th, while both teams placed 10th in the 2012 regional meet.
On the track, Wick has directed his athletes to many successes, including Jeff Howard as the 2010 WAC Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year after winning the 3000m title. Under Wick's guidance his runners have captured eight individual conference titles including his most recent protégé, Emma Bates, who was crowned the 2012 MW Indoor 3000m and outdoor 5000m champion. Kayleen McDowell also collected two titles under Wick's guidance, indoor and outdoor 800m titles in 2009. Sawyer Bosch picked up two conference titles winning the 3000m in 2009 and the 3000m steeplechase in 2011, while Caleb Cazier won the 2009 indoor 800m title and Howard the 3000m title in 2010. In total, Wick has coached his distance athletes to 64 all-conference honors during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
In 2012 he coached his first Bronco to an NCAA All-America honor, guiding Bates to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 5000m. Out of the seven Broncos who have earned 10 NCAA First Round qualifying spots over Wick's four years at Boise State, Bates was the first Bronco to qualify for the NCAA National Championships.
Wick has also helped his student-athletes rewrite the record books at Boise State. Bates has the most school records, posting all-time bests in the indoor 3000m and 5000m as well as the outdoor 5000m. Drew O'donoghue-McDonald also raced to a school record in the 1500m in 2012. Other top-3 marks include Shea Hanson and Breanna Sande who sits at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the women's 3000m steeplechase, while Sawyer Bosch is third in the men's steeplechase. Rici Morrill holds the second-best indoor 800m time, Bates the school's third-best mark in the 10000m, Dusty Klein the third-best time in the 800m outdoors and Scott Foley ranks third in the 10000m.
Prior to arriving at Boise State, Wick served as the assistant coach for the men's cross country and distance track team at the University of Minnesota for three years. There he helped coach several members of the Minnesota cross-country program to success at the national level. With the Gophers he assisted in coaching five cross country All-Americans and an eighth place team finish at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Preceding his time at Minnesota, Wick worked as the head track and field coach for the Elk River Recreation Summer Track Program for six years in addition serving as a volunteer assistant for the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point from 2004-05.
Outside of coaching, Wick served as the meet director for the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational (Minn.), was camp director for the Minnesota Cross Country Camp, an instructor in the Kinesiology department at the University of Minnesota, race originator and director for the Bigtooth Sweet Tooth Cross Country Race in Elk River, Minn., and the summer program staff director for the Elk River Parks and Recreation Department.
Wick completed a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Minnesota in 2007 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and minors in Coaching and Health Education in 2004 at UW -Stevens Point. Wick is also USA Track and Field Level 2 coaching certified in Endurance.
As an athlete at UW-Stevens Point, Wick earned All-WIAC honors in cross country and the steeplechase. He made the all-regional team in cross country as well as being a captain on the 2003 NCAA national runner-up team.
Post-college Wick continued to race competing in U.S. Championships at the 10 mile, 25k and marathon distances.