|College||U of Oregon '73|
A 1968 graduate of Lincoln High School, Pat Tyson grew up in Tacoma, Washington where he participated in track & cross-country. He ran cross country and track collegiately at the University of Oregon and was a roommate and teammate of the late Steve Prefontaine who won NCAA titles in both cross country and track. As a Duck he competed in two NCAA Cross Country Championships, finishing 33rd in the 1971 meet and 54th in the 1972 championship while helping Oregon to first and third-place finishes, respectively. He graduated in 1973, leaving as one of the top six runners in Duck history in the outdoor 3-mile and 6-mile.
Tyson coached at Shoreline Junior High from 1973-82 while compiling a 68-12 junior high record. He then coached three seasons at Shorecrest High in Seattle, WA where his cross country squads went 31-3 and qualified for the State Meet all three years with titles in 1985 and '86 at Spokane's Hangman Valley Golf Course.
Tyson joined the Mead HS staff in 1986 and by the time he had left the Panthers 18 years later, at the end of the 2003-04 school year, he had produced 12 Washington State Cross Country team titles, nine individual cross country champions and 17 individual track and field distance champions (1,600 meters and above). Several of his distance runners also dot the All-Time Top 100 List for the state of Washington. He took a leave of absence from Mead in the spring of 2005 and went to the University of Oregon as a volunteer coach, returning to Mead for the 2005-06 season. Tyson spent the 2006-07 school year at the University of Kentucky, overseeing the Wildcats' men's and women's cross country teams and distance runners, then accepted the South Eugene position in January 2008. Tyson spent spring season as head track and field coach at South Eugene, Ore., High School.
Tyson was inducted into the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.