Geoff Wayton
Geoff Wayton
Title: Head Men's Cross Country Coach
Phone: (812) 877-8729
Email: wayton@rose-hulman.edu

Geoff Wayton has helped the Rose-Hulman cross country programs rewrite the record books in his six seasons on the Fightin’ Engineer coaching staff.  He also serves as the distance coach and sprint relays coach for the nationally recognized Rose-Hulman men's and women's track and field programs.

Wayton led the men's and women's cross country teams to their first sweep of both Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in 2017.  The historic season included the first men's Little State team championship and best women's Little State team finish in program history.

The men's cross country team has captured HCAC championships in four of the past five seasons, including the 2018 campaign.  Wayton also helped the men’s cross country team earn its first NCAA Division III National Championship appearance since 1974 in the fall of 2014.  The men’s squad finished third in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional to qualify for the 2014 National Championships. 

Wayton is also an experienced meet director, having played an instrumental role in transforming Terre Haute into Cross Country Town USA.  He directed the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.  Wayton also served as the Meet Director for the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional Championships from 2007-15.  In the fall of 2015, Wayton served as Meet Director for the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championships.

 

Wayton's Record at Rose-Hulman

Year   HCAC Men   HCAC Women
2013   2nd   6th
2014   1st   5th
2015   1st   6th
2016   2nd   4th
2017   1st   1st
2018   1st   3rd

 

On the women’s side, in his first season at Rose-Hulman (2013-2014) Wayton coached Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery to the program’s 2nd individual HCAC championship in cross country, and the highest individual place (3rd) at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes in program history.  Montgomery went on to place 71st at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

In 2014, Ryann-Rebecca set Rose-Hulman school records in the Mile (4:59.65) and 3,000 meters (9:59.38), while becoming the second woman to represent Rose-Hulman at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships.  Outdoors, Montgomery set school records in the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs, and finished the year with four individual HCAC individual crowns.

On the track, Wayton's distance runners have posted thirteen school records during his first four years on campus.  In 2015, the Engineer men won nine of the 10 distance races at the HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  At the conclusion of 2017’s Outdoor HCAC season, Wayton has coached 45 individual HCAC champions.  

Wayton has coached three school-record sprint relays during his time at Rose-Hulman,  The women’s 4 x 200 meter relay broke the school record indoors in 2016, then won the HCAC title the following indoor season (2017).  The men’s 4 x 200 meter relay broke the school record in back-to-back years at the HCAC indoor championships in 2016 and 2017.  The 2017 team also broke the All-Time HCAC record (1:30.35). 

Outdoors, the Men’s 4 x 100 meter relay broke a 32 year old school record in 2017.

Wayton came to Rose-Hulman after spending the last eight seasons on the coaching staff at Indiana State University.  At Indiana State, Wayton served on the staff of 13 Missouri Valley Conference Championship teams.  Working primarily with sprints and relays, Wayton coached 12 individual Missouri Valley Conference champions, 96 All MVC performers, 14 NCAA Mid-East regional qualifiers, and NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers in the women’s 100m, Women’s 200m, Women’s 4 x 100m relay, Men’s 200m, Men’s 1500m, Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase, and Men’s 10,000m.  

Wayton coached Katie Wise to the finals of the 100m dash at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field championships, and Jeremiah Vaughn to the prestigious Drake Relays 1500m title in 2012.  In his own running career, Wayton became the first Indiana State distance runner to capture an individual league title at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, was twice named all-district in cross country, and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Centennial Team in 2007.

A native of Linwood, New Jersey, Wayton is a 1995 graduate of Mainland Regional High School where he was all-state in cross country three times, won a state championship in the 3200 meters, and was South Jersey Runner-of-the-Year in 1993.

Wayton's brother Kurt is a high profile high school cross country and track and field coach in West Windsor, New Jersey. Wayton is married to former Indiana State cross country All-American Jessica Crowder-Wayton. Geoff and Jessica are the proud parents of Kurt Michael Wayton, born in February of 2013. 

On the track, Wayton's distance runners have posted thirteen school records during his first four years on campus.  In 2015, the Engineer men won nine of the 10 distance races at the HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  At the conclusion of 2017’s Outdoor HCAC season, Wayton has coached 45 individual HCAC champions.  

Wayton has coached three school-record sprint relays during his time at Rose-Hulman,  The women’s 4 x 200 meter relay broke the school record indoors in 2016, then won the HCAC title the following indoor season (2017).  The men’s 4 x 200 meter relay broke the school record in back-to-back years at the HCAC indoor championships in 2016 and 2017.  The 2017 team also broke the All-Time HCAC record (1:30.35). 

Outdoors, the Men’s 4 x 100 meter relay broke a 32 year old school record in 2017.

Wayton came to Rose-Hulman after spending the last eight seasons on the coaching staff at Indiana State University.  At Indiana State, Wayton served on the staff of 13 Missouri Valley Conference Championship teams.  Working primarily with sprints and relays, Wayton coached 12 individual Missouri Valley Conference champions, 96 All MVC performers, 14 NCAA Mid-East regional qualifiers, and NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers in the women’s 100m, Women’s 200m, Women’s 4 x 100m relay, Men’s 200m, Men’s 1500m, Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase, and Men’s 10,000m.  

Wayton coached Katie Wise to the finals of the 100m dash at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field championships, and Jeremiah Vaughn to the prestigious Drake Relays 1500m title in 2012.  In his own running career, Wayton became the first Indiana State distance runner to capture an individual league title at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, was twice named all-district in cross country, and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Centennial Team in 2007.

A native of Linwood, New Jersey, Wayton is a 1995 graduate of Mainland Regional High School where he was all-state in cross country three times, won a state championship in the 3200 meters, and was South Jersey Runner-of-the-Year in 1993.

Wayton's brother Kurt is a high profile high school cross country and track and field coach in West Windsor, New Jersey. Wayton is married to former Indiana State cross country All-American Jessica Crowder-Wayton. Geoff and Jessica are the proud parents of Kurt Michael Wayton, born in February of 2013.