Patrick Wales-Dinan is in his third year as the cross country/distance coach at Long Beach State.
Since arriving at The Beach in the fall of 2012, Wales-Dinan has coached LBSU athletes to seven school records and 32 all-time top-10 performances in program history. He has also mentored over 10 all-conference athletes and six NCAA qualifiers.
During the 2014 track & field season, Wales-Dinan guided Chris Low to first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Low finished seventh in the 800m finals and broke the school record during the NCAA West Preliminary, where he ran 1:47.52. Wales-Dinan also helped Chris Enriquez to a berth in the NCAA Finals in the 10000m, along with a runner-up finish at the Big West Championships.
Low and Enriquez were the first middle and long distance runners in Long Beach State history to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Low also won a conference title in the 800m and garnered individual victories at the Stanford Invitational and Drake Relays, while taking second at the Mt. SAC Relays. Additionally, Enriquez broke a 36-year old 5000m record when he ran 14:07.30.
Both Low and Enriquez went on to qualify for the USATF National Championships, where Enriquez was the top collegiate finisher in the 10000m. Enriquez and Low's results earned them a spot on Team USA for the NACAC U-23 Championships in Kamloops, B.C., Canada.
In the fall of 2013, Wales-Dinan coached Enriquez to an individual berth to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Enriquez was the first 49er to qualify for the event in the modern era of NCAA cross country (since 1980). Enriquez advanced to the national meet after finishing 10th at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 29:54.36. It was the highest finish in school history. Wales-Dinan also had two athletes, Enriquez and Hillary Zator, garner all-conference recognition with their fifth-place showings at the Big West Championships. Both the men's and women's teams took fourth overall, each improving on their 2012 finishes.
During his first year at The Beach, Wales-Dinan coached Gabe Hilbert to the Big West title in the 800m. Hilbert also received all-conference recognition as a member of the 4x400 relay team, while Hillary Zator was an All-Big West performer in the 10000m. In total, Wales-Dinan saw his athletes receive four all-conference nods, while his squad scored the most points by 49er distance runners in six years. Hilbert, along with Chris Enriquez (5000m) and Meghan Foley (1500m), qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary.
In addition, Wales-Dinan saw his athletes establish three school records in 2013. 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). Del Toro went on to qualify for the USATF Indoor National Championships.
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.
In his time at Long Beach State, Duke and Williams College, Wales-Dinan has coached over 45 USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals, including the 2010 NCAA cross country and 2011 NCAA track and field scholar-athletes of the year.
As a student-athlete himself, 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.
In addition to his Long Beach State coaching duties, Wales-Dinan serves as Rosa Del Toro's and Gabe Hilbert's professional coach. Del Toro, a 2013 LBSU graduate and nine-time school record holder, is sponsored by Brooks. Hilbert ran 1:47.25 in the 800m and qualified for the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships.