Brent Bailey - Head Coach - 3rd Season
Phone: 785.827.5541 ext 1166
Brent Bailey has been the Cross Country and Track coach at Kansas Wesleyan University since August 2011.
When Bailey began coaching at KWU, he had but one runner and now is starting the season with the largest squad in over 10 years. In just two years of coaching and one year of recruiting, Bailey has coached Hunter Stayton to two national qualifying performances in track, and Hillary Callaway to one qualifying performance in cross country; both athletes are returning this fall. With a full returning women's roster from last year, Bailey is optimistic that it will be a very promising year for the women. With two strong leaders on the men's side returning as well, the cross country season could be very exciting at KWU.
Bailey came to Kansas Wesleyan after spending two years as a graduate assistant coach at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. Bailey's emphasis at Baker was coaching the distance athletes where he coached 73 All-Heart of America Conference selections in track and 9 All-Heart of America Conference selections in cross country. Bailey also coached a ninth place finisher in the women's marathon at 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 and served as the 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. He was also a KCAC champion in the 1500m and earned All-KCAC honors ten times. Bailey then continued his education at Baker University where he earned his Master of Liberal Arts degree.
During his prep career at Limon High School, Bailey was a state champion and helped his track 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 2000 m steeplechase. Bailey is a USATF Level 1 certified coach and continues to train and compete on an elite level: three time qualifier for the USA Duathlon National Championships and USA Triathlon National Championships.
"This season has the ingredients necessary for it to be the most exciting in my coaching career. With such strong returners and the largest recruiting class here, I am very optimistic about the potential success for this year. KWU's team is growing in size and in speed with the needed elements to experience true greatness.”