Paul Pilkington is in his 11th season as head coach of the Weber State men’s and women’s cross country teams. He is also the Associate head coach for the Wildcat track and field teams.
He has led has led the Weber State women’s cross country team to four Big Sky Championships in the last five years, winning titles in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He has also been named the Big Sky Coach of the Year each season. The Wildcats have also advanced to the NCAA Championships three times in the last five years.
Pilkington, a former Weber State track athlete and accomplished marathoner, was named the cross country head coach in December 2006, after serving as an assistant coach for the previous two seasons. He also serves as the distance coach for the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
He guided the Wildcat women’s team to the NCAA Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2015. He also led the Wildcat women’s team to the 2012 NCAA Mountain Region title, the first region title in school history. WSU was also ranked as high as 13th in the nation during the 2012 season, the highest ranking in school history. Pilkington was honored as Mountain Region Coach of the Year in 2012. Junior Amber Henry earned All-American honors and repeated as Big Sky Champion.
He has led the Wildcat women’s team to four first place finishes, three second place finishes and two third place finishes in his time as Weber State. The WSU men’s team has finished second four times and third once.
In 2013, he coached Henry to three Big Sky titles at the outdoor championships and a third place finish in the steeplechase at the NCAA Championships. In 2012 he was honored as the Mountain Region Women’s Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year, after guiding the Wildcat women’s distance runners to strong performances during the season. Junior Sarah Callister set a Weber State and Big Sky record in the 10,000 meters and captured conference titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters for the third straight year at the conference championships. Henry also won two titles at the conference championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase. Mike Hardy captured the men’s steeplechase title and also qualified for the NCAA Championships.
In track and cross country Pilkington has coached eight NCAA All-Americans earning 13 All-American awards and one Olympian. Included in the All-American group is Lindsey Anderson, who broke the NCAA record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. She went on to make the 2007 world championships in Osaka, Japan, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2009 world championships in Berlin, Germany representing the United States.
Under Pilkington the distance runners have set Weber State school records in the men’s and women’s indoor 3,000 meters, the men’s and women’s indoor 5,000 meters, the men’s outdoor 5,000 meters, the men’s and women’s 10,000 meters, and the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase.
Prior to being name the head cross country coach Pilkington had been an assistant coach for the WSU men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams for 2005 and 2006 seasons and helped the men’s and women’s teams win the Big Sky Cross Country Championship in 2006. Pilkington was also an assistant coach at Weber State from 2001-03.
From 2003-05, he served as the head cross country coach at the University of Illinois. There he coached two athletes to the NCAA Championship and helped one athlete qualify for the US national team for the World Cross Country Championships.
Pilkington, a native of Blackfoot, Idaho, ran track and field at the College of Southern Idaho where he was coached by Jim Blaisdell. At Southern Idaho he was a NJCAA All-American in the steeplechase. Pilkington then ran track at Weber State, where he graduated in 1981. At Weber State he earned All-American honors in the steeplechase from the United States Track and Field Federation. He began his coaching career as the head cross country coach at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden from 1982-83. He received his Master’s Degree from Utah State in 1992.
As an athlete Pilkington was a two time national champion winning once in the marathon and once in the 20-kilometer. He won both the Houston Marathon in 1990 and the Los Angeles marathon in 1994. He was a four-time Olympic Trials qualifier. In 1995 he was a member of the United States Track and Field Team representing the United States at the World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. He also has top ten finishes in marathons in London, Berlin, Moscow, Venice, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities Marathon (Minneapolis, St. Paul).