PULLMAN Wayne Phipps, one of the most decorated coaches in University of Idaho history, accepted a position at Washington State as the school's new director of cross country/track and field programs, the Pac-12 university announced Tuesday.
Phipps will replace Rick Sloan, who is retiring after spending 40 years at Washington State, including the past 18 as the head coach of the men's and women's programs. Phipps, 45, began his career at Idaho as an assistant coach in 1995 and became a co-head coach in 2000. He has been the director of the cross country and track and field programs for the past four seasons.
Phipps has been honored 14 times as a conference coach of the year and has led the Vandals to 16 conference titles. Since 2000, Phipps has guided the Vandals to seven individual cross country champions, 52 indoor track and field champions, and 117 outdoor champions in the Big West and Western Athletic Conference.
In that time, Idaho has claimed 23 conference athletes of the year awards, broken 15 conference records and qualified for the NCAA Championships 79 times. In the NCAA Championships, the Vandals have earned 45 NCAA All-American awards, including two individual NCAA champions, nine individual NCAA runner-ups and six individual third-place finishes.