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.
In his first year, Kyle Chandler has overseen two highly successful XC and Track & Field campaigns at Southern Virginia University as Director of Cross Country and Track & Field.
In the fall XC season on the men’s side Chandler coached Mike Myers (Medford, OR) to programs firsts - helping Myers earn the individual conference championship in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), CAC Men’s Runner of the Year, CAC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and National Championship Qualifier.
Joining Myers on the 1st team All-Conference squad was freshman teammate, Murray Bingham (Sequim, WA). Both Myers and Bingham also earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors by virtue of their top finishes at the Regional Championship and having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.
Myers commented on his conference individual title: “Finishing was surreal because of all of the hard work over the past four seasons. I am excited to be part of the program's history, and it would not be possible without my teammates and coaches who have been with me on my journey."
On the women’s side of XC, Chandler started off his tenure by helping Sophia Dryden (Buena Vista, VA) and Morgan Bingham (Sequim, WA) go 1-2 in leading the team to a 1st place finish at the Univ. of Mary Washington Opener. Dryden’s victory was key in helping the team win their first XC meet title in program history since joining Division III, and for her efforts Dryden was named the CAC XC Women’s Athlete of the Week!
Near the end of the fall XC season Chandler coached Jill Westman (Cherry Hill, NJ) to the individual conference championship title as well as the CAC Women’s Runner of the Year. Joining Westman on the CAC All-Conference teams were Morgan Bingham (Sequim, WA) and Jessica Simpson (Boise, ID). The trio would go on to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors by placing high at the Regional Championship and having at least 3.30 cumulative GPAs. The team finish at the Conference and Regional Championships were the highest ever in program history.
After the individual conference title Westman reflected: "This was one of the toughest courses we did this season, but I think Coach Chandler prepared us to succeed. I felt strong at the mile two mark and broke away - at that point I knew I was in contention to win the race. Crossing the line didn't seem real, and I was pleased to see my work pay off. I am grateful for the team, Coach Chandler, and Southern Virginia, for the opportunities and experiences to develop my talents."
In the classroom both the men’s and women’s XC teams earned NCAA Division III All-Academic Team honors for 2019.
Chandler also helped several student-athletes re-write school records and top 10 lists during the Indoor Track & Field season for both the women’s and men’s programs. Most notably Chandler coached freshman Murray Bingham (Sequim, WA) to a conference championship in the 800 meters in conference meet record time as well as the men’s Distance Medley Relay that included Bingham, Daniel de la Cruz (Murray, UT), Joseph Morphonios (Kernersville, NC) and Caden Eskelsen (Lisbon, IA).
These performances were also among the very top in the South/Southeast region with the quartet earning All-Region Honors with a top 3 place in the DMR and Bingham earning a top 5 place in the mile and number one in the 800! Furthermore, Murray Bingham became the first Knight in program history to qualify for the Indoor National Championships in addition to being CAC Track athlete to be named Runner of the Week multiple times during the season.
Head Track & Field Coach Wyatt Warnick commented after day 1 at the conference meet: “Our distance medley ran an incredible race to give us our [program] first conference victory on the track. It inspired our whole team, and I'm excited to come out tomorrow and see what performances we can put up. It has already been a lot of firsts for our programs."
Chandler joined Southern Virginia after a decade coaching at the NCAA Division I level as the head XC/Assistant Track & Field coach at Arkansas State University (Sun Belt Conference) and Assistant XC/Track & Field coach at Washington State University (Pac-12 Conference).
Chandler earned XC Coach of the Year honors during his tenure at Arkansas State and helped guide the program’s first ever women’s XC SBC Championship with nine consecutive top-15 rankings in the NCAA Division I South Central Region.
On the track the athletes he coached earned 188 Conference Championships, All-Conference Honors, and National Championship Qualifiers, including a SBC record champion. He has consulted/coached two post-collegiate runners to two U.S. Olympic Trials and one Canadian National Championship.
Prior to coaching collegiately, Chandler headed the XC and Track & Field programs at Mountain View HS in Loveland, CO. With Mountain View his teams tallied four team state XC and Track & Field championships - including two nationally ranked teams - and was named All-Classification Coach of the Year by the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) on five occasions, in addition to ten conference and Sason Sharify Young Coach of the Year Awards.
Chandler is a USATF Level 2 Endurance and Level 2 Sprints/Hurdles/Relays registered coach, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado–Boulder, and was a NAIA Scholar Athlete All-American at Midland University. He served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife, Jamie, have eight children.
Jamie Chandler is in her first year assisting with XC/Track & Field at Southern Virginia University.
As a Level one registered Coach with United States Track & Field (USATF), she has coach youth through collegiate-level athletes. She previously served as the Youth Chair in Arkansas for USATF administering state and regional championship races and is the Vice President of Sales and Operations for Agee Race Timing.