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  Patrick Wales-Dinan
Patrick Wales-Dinan

Cross Country/Distance Coach

2nd Year



49er cross country set to compete at NCAA West Regional in Seattle

Races to be held at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Friday


Cross Country heads to Riverside for Big West Conference Championships

Men's and women's races to take place on Saturday morning


Cross Country travels to Bay Area for Bronco Invitational

Women's team are two-time defending champions

Patrick Wales-Dinan is in his second year as the cross country/distance coach at Long Beach State.

During his first year at LBSU, Wales-Dinan had three NCAA Track & Field West Regional qualifiers and saw his athletes set three school records. Wales-Dinan mentored Gabe Hilbert to the Big West title in the 800m and Chris Enriquez to the fastest 5000m performance in the program's last 30 years when he ran 14:12.89 at the Mt. SAC Invitational. On the women's side, Meghan Foley also established a school-record 4:23.55 in the 1500m at the Steve Scott Invitational. Both Hilbert and Foley advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective events at the NCAA West Preliminaries. Wales-Dinan's distance runners also earned four all-conference nods and scored the most points for a 49er squad at the Big West Championships since 2006.

During the indoor season Wales-Dinan coached Rosa Del Toro to school records in the 3000m (9:22.08) and 5000m (16:23.15). Del Toro went on to qualify for the USATF Indoor National Championships.

In the fall, Alisia Barajas garnered all-conference honors as she finished 10th at the Big West Cross Country Championships. The women's team also received USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition.

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 & Field Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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.