RHIT Names Geoff Wayton Cross Country Head Coach, Track Assistant

Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman

TERRE HAUTE, IN -- Geoff Wayton has been named the head men's and women's cross country coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, effective immediately. Wayton will also serve as assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field program.

Wayton comes to Rose-Hulman after spending the last eight seasons on the coaching staff at Indiana State University.  Wayton’s primary coaching duty was to oversee the sprints and relays, and the group experienced prolonged success during his tenure:  96 All-Missouri Valley Conference Performers, 12 Conference Champions, 5 relay conference championships, 6 NCAA Preliminary Round Qualifiers, 14 NCAA Mid-East Regional Qualifiers, and 1 All-American.  In 2012 Wayton stepped in to coach the men’s distance runners with the following highlights:

* Craig Padgett and Al Escalera placed 1-2 at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, the first 1-2 finish in the 10k in school history.

* First 5k/10k double victory at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in school history (Craig Padgett).

* Craig Padgett (10k), Al Escalera (10k), Dustin Betz (3,000m Steeple), and Jeremiah Vaughan qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round.

* Jeremiah Vaughan captured the first Drake Relay title in the 1500m for a Sycamore and ran the #2 time in school history (3:45.23).

* Craig Padgett set the School Record in the Men’s 10k: 29:38.70.

* Al Escalera ran #3 All-Time in the Men’s 10k: 29:55.38.

In his own running career, Wayton became the first Indiana State distance runner to capture an individual conference title at the Missouri Valley Conference Track and Field Championships, was twice named all-district in cross country, and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Centennial Team in 2007. Wayton was also a prominent member of the first two conference championship cross country teams at Indiana State.

Following graduation, Wayton took part in the 2000 United States Olympic Committee's Altitude Training Study in Dallas, Texas., and Park City, Utah. From 2001-2002, he served as the head coach of the Academy of Holy Angels boys and girls cross country and track teams in Richfield, Minnesota., during which the boys team was ranked seventh in the state in 2001. In 2005, he became the head coach of Northview High School's girls cross country and track teams in Brazil, Indiana. Under Wayton, the team was the conference runner-up in track, advancing two athletes to the 2005 Indiana State Championships. The following fall, his cross country team captured the Western Indiana Conference title, and Wayton was named Coach of the Year.

Wayton is also an experienced meet director who has played an instrumental role in helping Terre Haute become Cross Country Town USA. Since 2008, he has served as meet director for the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships.

He has also served as meet director for the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional Championships since 2007 and served as assistant meet director for the 2009 Division III Great Lakes Regional Championships hosted by Rose-Hulman. Additionally, Wayton served as the Regional Team Manager for the Nike Track Nationals for three years.

Wayton was active in alumni affairs at ISU founding the Sycamore Track and Field Alumni Panel, the Sycamore Cross Country Alumni Reception, the Sycamore Track and Field Alumni Reunion, and Sycamore Senior Day while at Indiana State.

Wayton serves on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Rules Committee, and is active in the Terre Haute community having served as Vice-President of the Farrington's Grove Historical District.

A native of Linwood, New Jersey, Wayton is a 1995 graduate of Mainland Regional High School where he was all-state in cross country three times, won a state championship in the 3200 meters, and was South Jersey Runner-of-the-Year in 1993.

Wayton's brother Kurt is a high profile high school cross country and track and field coach in West Windsor, New Jersey. Wayton is married to former Indiana State cross country All-American Jessica Crowder-Wayton. 

Geoff and Jessica are the proud parents of Kurt Michael Wayton, born in February of this year.