Wyatt Warnick was named the head men's and women's track and field coach in October 2018.
Before coming to Southern Virginia, Warnick served as an assistant coach overseeing throws at Eastern University while pursuing a master's in business administration with an emphasis in management. In addition to coaching throws, Warnick also assisted with recruiting efforts and the team's strength and conditioning.
Before coaching at Eastern University, Warnick had a prestigious throwing career at the United States Air Force Academy and then at Brigham Young University. While at BYU, Warnick twice qualified for the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Tournament, each time in the Javelin. He was coached by track legend Niklas Arrhenius, former NCAA Division I Champion and Swedish Olympian. Warnick recorded the fifth furthest throw in Cougar history with a throw of 222'9 1/4".
A native of Delta, Utah, Warnick graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's of the Arts in Political Science and minored in Chinese. From 2010-2012 Warnick served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Taichung, Taiwan.
Since his arrival in 2018, Warnick’s athletes have amassed seven individual CAC Conference titles, 11 USTFCCCA All-Region Awards, 14 men’s indoor school records, 10 women’s indoor school records, and 13 outdoor school records. School records have been achieved in 11 of the 12 combined throwing events under Warnick’s supervision.
In 2020, Murray Bingham became Southern Virginia’s first NCAA Indoor Championship Qualifier in the 800 meter with a time of 1:53.62 (flat track). Bingham would also go on to achieve the CAC Rookie of the Year award and CAC First-team All-Conference.
This is Warnick’s second athlete to earn CAC Rookie of the Year accolades, as Baylee Mulitalo was named both the 2019 CAC Indoor and Outdoor Rookie of the Year. Warnick coached Baylee to conference titles in both indoor and outdoor shot put (13.20 m.) and All-Region recognition in the shot put and discus (43.01 m.) throws.
Warnick’s 2020 Indoor squad also included a DMR Conference Champion (Eskelsen, De La Cruz, Morphonion, Bingham) and both a Conference Champion and runner-up in the weight throw in Mesi Havea and Kanani Lasike (14.69 m.). Havea, also the CAC runner-up in the shot put, would garner First-team All-Conference and First-team VaSID recognition in addition to her All-Region award with a school record holding throw of 16.23 m.
While at Eastern, Coach Warnick recruited and coached Grant Fisher to MAC all-conference honors just six months after throwing his first javelin. Fisher would go on to garner All-American status the next year (61.05 m.) for Eastern University.