Brent Bailey has been named the Cross Country and Track coach at Kansas Wesleyan University. He has led the Coyote programs since August 2011.
Bailey comes to Kansas Wesleyan after spending two years as graduate assistant coach at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Bailey’s emphasis at Baker was coaching the distance program, coaching 73 All-Heart of America Conference selections in track and nine All-Heart of America Conference selections in cross country. He also coached a ninth place finisher in the women’s marathon and the NAIA National Championships while coaching at Baker and helped the Wildcat women qualify for the NAIA Cross Country National Championships for the first time in several seasons after winning the Heart of America Championship for the first time since 2002.
A native of Limon, Colo., Bailey attended McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., where he earned dual degrees in Physical Education and Business Administration with minors in Accounting and Finance. While at McPherson, Bailey was elected student body president. On the course and on the track for the Bulldogs, Bailey was a four-time All-KCAC performer in cross country and qualified for the NAIA National Championships, and was a KCAC Champion in the 1500m and earned All-KCAC honors ten times.
He then continued onto earn his Master of Liberal Arts degree from Baker University.
During his prep career at Limon High School, Bailey was a state champion and helped his team to back-to-back Colorado State team titles. He also ran club track with the Colorado Springs Striders, where he competed at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in the 4x800m relay and the 2000m steeplechase.
Bailey is a USATF Level 1 certified coach and continues to train and compete on an elite level, twice qualifying for the USA Duathlon National Championships and the USA Triathlon National Championships.
“I am truly excited to have the opportunity to return to the KCAC as a coach,” Bailey said of his hiring at Kansas Wesleyan. “Coaching is in my blood and is truly my passion. I look forward to the challenge of building this program to be the top program in the conference.”