With 38 years as head track & field and cross country coach at Weber State University, now-retired Chick Hislop still holds the title as the longest tenured coach in the Big Sky Conference in any sport. Leading the Wildcats to 21 total Big Sky Conference titles, including seven in cross country, Hislop also earned USTFCCCA National Cross Country Coach of the Year honors in 1991 as his men’s squad placed fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Wildcats finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships nine times during his coaching tenure.
In addition to these successes in cross country, Hislop is one of the foremost authorities in the United States on steeplechase training and technique. At the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1996, Hislop served as a presented on the steeplechase to the International Coaches Convention. In the summer of 1996, he served as an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Men’s Track and Field Team at the Atlanta Olympic Games, where he was the event coach of the U.S. long-distance runners.
Under Hislop’s tutelage, 26 Wildcats earned 46 USTFCCCA All-America honors, including Farley Gerber who won the NCAA steeplechase crown in 1984 in a then-American record of 8:19.27. Charles Clinger, another of Hislop’s pupils, swept NCAA high jump titles in 2001 with national titles at both indoor and outdoor championships. In May of that year, Clinger recorded the year’s best jump by an American with a clearance of 7-8½ (2.35m).
Hislop is a graduate of Utah State and Weber Junior College. At Weber JC, Hislop was a Junior College All-American in the two mile run. In addition to his coaching duties, Hislop served on the NCAA Rules Committee for seven years and was the Chair of the Cross Country Championships for four years. In 1985, Hislop served as the U.S. Sports Ambassador to Colombia.