Wes Kittley

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Wes Kittley
Sport(s) Track and field
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Texas Tech
Conference Big 12 Conference
Annual salary $265,000
Biographical details
Born Rule, Texas
Alma mater Abilene Christian University
Playing career
{{{player_years}}} Abilene Christian Wildcats
Position(s) 800M
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983-1993
1993-1999
2000-present
Abilene Christian Wildcats(Women's Track)
Abilene Christian Wildcats(Men's/Women's Track)
Texas Tech
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1997-1999 Abilene Christian Wildcats (assoc. AD)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
44
Awards
Women's Regional Coach of the Year (2009, 2012)
Big 12 Conference Men's Coach of the Year (2014)
Lone Star Conference Hall of Fame

Wes Kittley (born in Rule, Texas) is the current head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders men's and women's track and field teams. He has produced several national champions and Olympians in Sally Kipyego and Kennedy Kithuka.

Career[edit]

Kittley was the women's track and field head coach at Abilene Christian University from 1985-99. In 1993, the Men's and Women's programs merged. While at ACU, Kittley won his first NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship at the Division II level in 1985. He would go on to win the Championship in 1986, 1987, and 1988. Kittley's teams would also win many NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships during his tenure in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. Kittley's program won 29 national track and field championships, the most in Division I and II combined, and three short of the all-time record held by Jim Steen of Kenyon College.[1]

During his 15 year tenure at ACU, Kittley coached 12 Olympic qualifiers, 3 Pan-American Games athletes, five World University Games athletes, 16 athletes who qualified for the world championships, and one United States national champion.

Texas Tech[edit]

In 2000, Kittley departed Abilene Christian to accept the head coaching job at Texas Tech. During his tenure at Tech, Kittley has produced many national champions:

Athlete Event Season
Sally Kipyego Cross Country 2006
Sally Kipyego Cross Country 2007
Sally Kipyego 3000M 2007 Indoor
Sally Kipyego 5000M 2007 Indoor
Sally Kipyego 10,000M 2007 Outdoor
Sally Kipyego Cross Country 2008
Sally Kipyego 5000M 2008 Indoor
Sally Kipyego 5000M 2008 Outdoor
Sally Kipyego 5000M 2009 Indoor
D'Andra Carter Discus 2009 Outdoor
Bryce Lamb Triple Jump 2013 Indoor
Kennedy Kithuka 5000M 2013 Indoor
Kennedy Kithuka Cross Country 2012
Julian Wruck Discus 2011 Outdoor
Jonathan Johnson 800M 2006 Outdoor

In addition to national champions, Kittley is responsible for producing 205 All-Americans, and 111 Big 12 Conference champions. He guided Texas Tech to its first Big 12 team title in school history during the 2005 season. Kennedy Kithuka, one of Kittley's athletes, went undefeated during the 2012 season and was named the 2012 Male Athlete of the Year for Cross Country.[2] The men's team would win the Big 12 Conference again in 2014 on their home track. Kittley was named the Big 12 Conference Men's Coach of the Year for the team's performance.[3]

Kittley was named the Women's Regional Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012. In 2006, he was also named to the Lone Star Conference's Hall of Honor.

Former Texas Tech athletes coached by Kittley have won 6 Olympic Medals. In the 2012 Olympic Games: Olympic Gold medalist in the 4x400 Relay Michael Mathieu, Olympic Bronze medalist in the 4x400 Relay Shereefa Lloyd, and Olympic Silver medalist in the 10,000M Sally Kipyego. Seven former Texas Tech track athletes competed overall. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Shereefa Lloyd earned a Bronze, Michael Mathieu earned a Silver, and Andrea Williams earned a Silver.[2] Kittley's contract with Texas Tech received a 5 year extension in August 2014 to 2019 with a base salaray of $265,000 increasing by $5,000 every year.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kittley was born in Rule, Texas and is married to Linda Rhoads. They have three sons.

Kittley is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, and a Master's degree in school administration. He was a three-time NAIA All-American in the 800M while he attended.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "profile". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "2013 Track and Field Media Guide". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kittley, Kithuka Honored by Big 12 Conference" (Press release). Texas Tech University. May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Level, Chris; Dickens, Aaron. "Texas Tech extends Kittley and Tadlock". RedRaiderSports.com. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame". Lone Star Conference. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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