Paul Pilkington – Weber State University Head Distance Coach | Elite Athlete
Paul Pilkington is currently the head cross country men’s and women’s coach at Weber State University. He also works with the distance runners as an assistant coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Coach Pilkington has aided the success of many individual athletes and the Weber State Cross Country and Track and Field teams. While at WSU, Pilkington has coached five NCAA All-Americans and one Olympian. He coached Lindsey Anderson to All-American status in college and then helped her qualify for the 2007 World Championships in Japan, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2009 World Championships in Germany. Under Pilkington the WSU men’s team finished second in the Big Sky Cross Country Championships in 2007 and 2008, and fourth in 2009. In the women’s Big Sky Cross Country Championships, Pilkington led the women’s team to a second place finish in 2007, a third place finish in 2008, and a second place finish in 2009.
Prior to his current coaching position, Paul was the head cross country coach at the University of Illinois from 2003-05. While there he coached two athletes to the NCAA Championships and helped one athlete qualify for the World Cross Country Championships U.S. Team.
In addition to being a respected coach, Pilkington is also a successful runner. As a collegiate athlete, Pilkington was a NJCAA All-American in the steeplechase at the College of Southern Idaho and an All-American in the steeplechase while attending Weber State. Pilkington however, is best known for his post-collegiate career as an elite marathoner. In 1994 he won the USA Track and Field Marathon in Los Angeles, CA. He qualified for the Olympic Trials four times and made the US World Championship team in 1995. In 1993 he was the USA Track and Field 20K National Champion and the winner of the Houston Marathon in 1990. He has had top ten finishes in marathons throughout the world, including London, Berlin, Moscow, Venice, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities Marathon.
Paul Pilkington grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. He earned a Bachelors degree from Weber State and a Master’s Degree from Utah State. He currently resides in Ogden, Utah.