Clint May — an 18-time Montana Cross Country Champion and 18-time Montana Coach of the Year — was named as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country, as well as the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field programs in June.
Coach May has been one of the best high school coaches in the country and a legend in Montana. His success coaching cross country, as well as track and field makes him an ideal fit to build the programs and take our teams to the next level.
Since becoming head cross country coach at Montana’s Bozeman High School in 2006, May’s boys’ cross country team has won nine-of-the-past-ten AA state titles and his girls’ team has won nine straight. For each of his 18 state titles, May was named Montana Coach of the Year.
May has also served as Bozeman High School’s assistant track and field coach since 1998.
In 2015-16 May's distance crew at Bozeman High School reached program-high marks both as teams and with individuals. In cross country both squads followed their State Championships with first and second places finishes at the all Northwest Championships hosted by Nike. With top two finishes both programs qualified for Nationals where the boys ended the season eighth, and the girls 19th in the country.
Three school records were broken on the 2015-16 track team: Chase Equall, 4:13 for 1600 meters, and 9:13 for 3200 meters. Piper Meuwissen, 10:49 for 3200 meters. A record five girls broke the 5:20 mark for 1600 meters, highlighting the season.
May graduated from Montana State University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in health enhancement and has been teaching middle school since 2007. He served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Detroit, Michigan.
Jason Hinds enters his first season as an assistant track and field coach working with the triple jump, high jump and hurdles.
Hinds, a native of Jamaica, has trained with some of the fastest athletes in the world such as Usain Bolt and Kim Collins. He studied at Southern Virginia University and played soccer from 2008-10 after serving an LDS mission in New York, N.Y., before transferring and graduating from Brigham Young University.
He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in health education from BYU. While there competed in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100, and 4x400 relay
Most recently, Coach Hinds graduated with a Master’s Degree from University of Maryland.
Elizabeth Wilson, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, competed for four years as a heptathlete and jumper for Brigham Young University. She was a team captain and Academic All-American for her junior and senior years. She is an eight-time All-Conference recipient. After her eligibility, Elizabeth served an LDS mission in San Diego, California. This is her first year coaching at Southern Virginia, and her roles will include throwers and high-jumpers.
Mario Harper graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in philosophy. While on the track and field team, he garnered First-Team All-American honors, and set a school record as part of the 4x400 meter relay.
Harper grew up in Bountiful, Utah and currently resides in Buena Vista with his wife Lindsay, who also works at Southern Virginia University as an athletic trainer.
MaryBeth Edwards enters her first year as assistant coach for the Knights track and field team where she will work with the sprinters.
Edwards comes to Southern Virginia from Brigham Young University where she competed in the sprinting events for the cougars. She was named a scholar athlete every year of competition.
She is married to Matthew Edwards, an assistant coach for the Knights football team, and they have a 1 year-old son, Luke. Their family has lived in Buena Vista for one year.