Rod Wilcox

Rod Wilcox

Head Cross Country Coach

Expereince: Head Coach since 1996





Head Coach and Trail Buster Rod Wilcox (right) has been head cross country coach at King’s since 1996.  During his tenure, the Knights have won five League, seven District Titles and qualified for the State Champions 16 years.  In 13 of those years, they earned a top 4 team trophy. In 4 of those years, they won the State Championships and that makes the Knights one of the most successful mens XC teams in Washington State history. Meanwhile, the Lady Knights (Battle Maidens) have qualified to state 16 years as well and have won 3 League titles and 9 District titles. The seven team State Championship make the Lady Knights one of the most successful womens XC teams in State history.


Under Wilcox, the Kights have won 11 State titles which ranks 3rd in Washington State History by school. Rod is one the 3 XC coaches in state history to take 33 teams to the State meet and was named the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association 2000 and 2014 Boys Coach of the Year as well as 2003 and 2007 Girls Coach of the Year. Rod began coaching at King’s in 1992 as an assistant in track & field.  He has coached 100+ state qualifiers, 8 State Champions and 27 school record holders in the long, high and triple jumps over the last 27 years.  He joined the cross-country staff in 1993, serving as an assistant for 3 years before taking over head coaching duties in 1996.


At Pendleton High School, Wilcox high jumped 6 feet, 6 inches and finished 10th at the State Championships. Rod also ran on a 4*100 relay that placed 4th at State and still holds the School and District Record (42.7sec.). He moved on to the University of Washington, where he jumped 6’10 for the Huskies, earning two Varsity Letters and more importantly his bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Wilcox then moved to Perth Australia to earn his M.Ed. in Sport Psychology from the University of Western Australia. 


Since 1991, Rod has worked as a personal trainer at Harbor Square Athletic Club in Edmonds, while continuing his own athletic career at the National Masters Track & Field Championships and the World Masters Games.  In 1999 he won his first National Championship and has since won 10 more.  His ultimate goal is to break the decathlon world record in the 90-and-older age group.