Patrick Wales-Dinan is in his second year as the cross country/distance coach at Long Beach State.
In his first season with the 49ers, Wales-Dinan coached Gabe Hilbert to the Big West title in the 800m. Hilbert also garnered all-conference recognition as a member of the 4x400 relay team, while Hillary Zator was an All-Big West performer in the 10000m. Hilbert, along with Chris Enriquez (5000m) and Meghan Foley (1500m) qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries.
In addition, Wales-Dinan saw his athletes establish three school records, and a total of 17 marks that rank among the program's top-10. Foley ran the 49ers' fastest 1500m time at 4:23.55, while Rosa Del Toro registered a pair of indoor school records in the 3000m (9:22.08) and the 5000m (16:23.15).
Wales-Dinan came to LBSU from Duke University, where he served as the assistant cross country/track & field coach from 2011-12. During his time working with the Blue Devils, Wales-Dinan tutored one NCAA All-American, three NCAA finalists, eight NCAA qualifiers, 10 all-region performers, one conference champion and eight All-ACC runners.
In cross country, Wales-Dinan helped Madeline Morgan to All-ACC and All-Southeast Region honors, as well as a trip to the NCAA Championships. On the track, he mentored the Duke women to seven NCAA first-round qualifiers. In addition, Wales-Dinan helped Carly Seymour claim the ACC indoor title in the 5000m, while two of his athletes also established freshman records in the 800m (2:07) and 1500m (4:23).
Wales-Dinan's student-athletes also excelled in the classroom as he saw 10 individuals earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
Prior to his stint at Duke, Wales-Dinan was an assistant coach for the cross country teams and the distance coach for the women's track & field program at Williams College from 2009-11. At Williams, he coached 10 All-Americans and one NCAA Division III national champion in Jennifer Gossels, who won titles in both the 5000m and 10000m in 2011. That same year, Wales-Dinan became the first coach in NCAA Division III history to oversee four national qualifiers in the women's 10000m.
Wales-Dinan assisted in guiding the Williams College men's and women's cross country teams to consecutive NCAA Division III championship appearances, including a runner-up finish for the men's squad in the fall of 2009. The men also won the conference and regional title in 2009. On the women's side, Wales-Dinan coached Gossels to NCAA Regional Athlete of the Year accolades and a second-place performance at the national championships, the second-highest finish ever by a Williams female runner.
As a student-athlete, Wales-Dinan was a three-time All-New England Division III athlete at Bates College. He was also the state champion in the 800m and was a member of Bates' 2004 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship qualifying team. Wales-Dinan graduated from Bates College with a bachelor's degree in economics in 2005.
After graduating, Wales-Dinan served as the head coach for the cross country and track & field teams at Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine, from 2005-08. At Traip, he helped his athletes qualify for the NSIC meet in New York and led the cross country teams to top-five finishes at the state meet for two consecutive seasons.
In 2008-09, Wales-Dinan was the assistant coach for women's cross country and track & field at the University of Southern Maine, where he helped the Huskies win their ninth-consecutive LEC and Alliance League titles. Wales-Dinan also served as the meet director for the 2008 Maine State Cross Country Championships.