loved my experience running here for coach Chick Hislop and it feels surreal at this point to have the opportunity to be back here in a coaching role. —Corbin Talley
Former Weber State track and field student-athlete Corbin Talley is returning to Ogden. Talley has been named the new head coach for the men's track and field and cross-country teams at Weber State, while longtime coach Paul Pilkington has been named the head women's coach for track and field and cross-country for the Wildcats.
"We are excited for this announcement for our track and field and cross-country programs," said Jerry Bovee, Weber State director of athletics. "It's great to have a former athlete that had a lot of success returning to Weber State as a coach. Corbin has been very successful in a big high school program at Davis and has shown the ability to really develop student-athletes. He is very well-known and has made a name for himself as a terrific coach.
"It's also great to have Paul continue coaching in a different role. He's had a high level of success here already and has a proven record developing student-athletes. This structure is a little different from what we've had, but it is a shift that allows more focus on the men's and women's programs individually."
Talley graduated from Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, in 1995, and ran track at Weber State from 1995-96 and from 1999-2002. He was an eight-time All-Big Sky Conference performer for the Wildcats in cross-country and track and field. He still ranks fifth in WSU history in the indoor 5,000 meters with a time of 14:33.0 and still holds the Swenson Gym record in the 3,000 meters.
He was a part of seven Big Sky Championship teams in track and field for the Wildcats and twice competed at the NCAA Championships in cross-country. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase as a senior in 2002 and finished 15th overall. He also earned Big Sky Academic honors 10 times in his career.
He graduated from Weber State in December 2002, with a degree in English teaching and psychology.
After graduating he went into coaching at Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah, where he has been the girl's cross-country and track and field head coach since 2003 and the boy's head coach since 2007, in addition to teaching English.
Talley has led the Darts to 23 5A Utah state championships and 45 region titles. He has led the Davis boy's track team to eight state titles, girl's track to seven titles, girl's cross-country to six and boy's cross-country to two championships.
He has also led Davis High to three top-10 team finishes at the Nike Nationals in boy's cross-country and two in girl's cross-country. Talley was also named the 2016 Nike Nationals Coach of the Year and has been named the NFHS Coach of the Year six times.
Talley is married to Stefanie Hansen, a former Weber State track and field athlete. The couple has two daughters, Ashlyn and Samantha.
"I'm so excited to be back at Weber State. This is a dream job for me," Talley said. "I loved my experience running here for coach Chick Hislop and it feels surreal at this point to have the opportunity to be back here in a coaching role. My family and I love Ogden and Weber State. This is such a great place; a beautiful campus, incredible facilities and great training opportunities. I'm excited for the challenge, and I hope to help provide our student-athletes with the same positive Weber State experience that I was able to have. I am also really looking forward to working alongside coach Paul Pilkington who played a major role in my college running. I can't wait to get started."
Pilkington has coached at Weber State for the last 12 years, with the last 10 years as the head men's and women's cross-country coach, and the associate head coach for the Wildcat track and field teams.
He has led the Wildcat women's cross-country team to four Big Sky Championships, winning titles in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. The men's and women's cross-country teams have combined for 17 top-three finishes at the conference meet. The Wildcat women's team has never finished lower than third place under his leadership.
He guided the Wildcat women's team to the 2012 NCAA Mountain Region Championship, the first region title in school history. He has also led the women's team to the NCAA Championships three times, and in 2012 the Wildcats were ranked as high as 13th in the nation, the highest ranking in school history.
Pilkington has also won four Big Sky Coach of the Year honors and was named the Women's Cross Country Mountain Region Coach of the Year in 2012.
He has coached nine student-athletes to All-American honors 14 times and has coached distance runners to numerous WSU school records. Among the All-Americans he has coached is WSU Hall of Fame member Lindsey Anderson, who broke the NCAA record in the steeplechase and went on to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Pilkington was an assistant coach at Weber State from 2001-03, then was the head cross-country coach at the University of Illinois from 2003-05, before returning to Weber State.
Pilkington, a native of Blackfoot, Idaho, was a junior college All-American in the steeplechase at the College of Southern Idaho where he was coached by Jim Blaisdell. He then ran track at Weber State from 1979-81, where he also earned All-American honors in the steeplechase. He graduated from Weber State in 1981 with a degree in secondary education.
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 20,000 meters. He won both the Houston Marathon in 1990 and the Los Angeles marathon in 1994. He was a four-time Olympic Trials qualifier.
"I'm excited for this opportunity to expand my coaching duties and continue working with our distance runners and coaching track and field," Pilkington said. "I'm also really looking forward to working with Corbin Talley as the men's head coach in helping to continue building our program at Weber State."
Paul Grua is the Director of Athletic Communications at Weber State University.