Head Coach - 4th Season
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Tyson Graham

Following a series of coaching moves effective in mid-2009, Graham enters his third season at the controls of an emerging Ashford cross country program this fall while contributing to the track and field team's rapid development as an assistant coach.

Graham recently completed USATF Level II Certification in Endurance over the summer of 2010, taking place in Philadelphia, Pa. He also serves as the Midwest Collegiate Conference men's and women's cross country chairman.

Graham also takes on multiple roles as an Associate USATF Racewalk Official and as an active USATF Iowa Racewalk member in addition to his responsibilities at Ashford.

In the short time Graham has taken over the Ashford program, he has overseen the development of NAIA National Championship qualifiers, Andrew Drinkall and Doug Powers. Four student-athletes under his guidance have reached the record books with top-10 performances and two teams have been noted with plenty of Academic All-MCC selections.

In the track and field season Coach Graham oversees the 800-meter through marathon runners and also serves as the racewalk coach. Graham has been a part of 13 school records, three conference records and numerous all-conference performance/academic accolades, while at Ashford. He also has had eight qualifiers at the NAIA National Championships in track & field in the past two seasons, including an NAIA All-American performance.

Graham brings a successful background to the Saints' programs where he was last a Head Girls' Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach in Brooksville, Fla., at Nature Coast Tech High School.

Graham also started the cross-country squads from scratch while serving as a physical education and health instructor at Brooksville Elementary School in Florida.

Graham also coached at BGM Community Schools (Brooklyn, Iowa), Northern University Schools (Cedar Falls, Iowa) and Grace Christian Schools (Hudson, Fla.).

Graham participated in track and field and cross country while at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, graduating in 2004. Graham is currently listed as a top 10 performer all-time in the 10,000-meter run at Northwestern. He pursued a second degree at the University of Northern Iowa and ran with the UNI Track Club in 2006.

Graham resides in Clinton with his wife, Carolyn, and his sons, Noah and Emerson.

The Graham File

  • Assistant Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach - Northern University Schools (2005)
  • Assistant Boys Basketball Coach/Head Boys Volleyball Coach/Assistant Boys Track and Field Coach/Head Boys and Girls Basketball Coach - B.G.M. Community Schools (2006)
  • Head Girls Cross Country Coach/Assistant Girls Track and Field Coach - Nature Coast Tech (Fla.) High School (2007-08)
  • Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach - Ashford University (2008-09)
  • Head Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach - Ashford University (2010-Present)
2011 Men's Cross Country Roster
Roster for 2011 Men's Cross Country Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Rafael CrisostoJR 5-4126Franklin Park, Ill.West Leyden
Alex GonzalesFR 5-8119West Allis, Wis.West Allis Central
Aleksander JakobsenJR 5-11137Rock Island, Ill.Rock Island
Patrick McClainJR 5-11170Gary, Ind.William Wirt
Brian MeyerSO 6-0154Bloomington, Ill.Bloomington
Zach PavlichFR 6-3180Davenport, IowaDavenport Assumption
Doug PowersSR 5-7116Greenup, Ill.Cumberland/Danville C.C.
Ray RiveraJR 5-8130Franklin Park, Ill.East Leyden
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Head Coach
4th season
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Assistant Coach
3rd season