Clint May starts his second year as head cross country coach for the Southern Virginia University Knights and assistant track & field coach. The 2016 cross country team saw a 6th place finish for the men's squad. The women were one runner short of the necessary 5 runners in order to receive a team score. In 2017, both squads have full numbers and are already showing significant improvement from a year ago.
The 18-time Montana Cross Country Champion and 18-time Montana Coach of the Year was named to the position in June 2016.
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, make 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 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 place 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.
Hannah Pinkston enters her second season as an assistant coach for the men's and women's track teams.
Most recently, Pinkston was a sprints and hurdles coach at Simi Valley High School in California, where she coached for five years. Her hurdlers have been Coastal Canyon League Champions, Ventura County Champions, CIF SS DII top 3, and CA State Champions in the 100-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles, and 300-meter hurdles.
Pinkston has run competitively for 13 years, including being a varsity team captain her junior and senior years of high school.
Pinkston graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from BYU-Idaho, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling from Grand Canyon State University.
Hannah and her husband, Brad, reside in Buena Vista with their sons, Everett and Thomas