Rod Wilcox

Rod Wilcox

Jumps Coach

Experience - Assistant Coach since 1992

 

Head Coach and Trail Buster - Rod Wilcox enters his 18th year as Head Cross Country Coach and 1st year as Head Track Coach at Kings. During his XC tenure, the Knights have won 5 League Titles, 8 District Titles and qualified for the State Championships in 18 of 22 years. The Knights have won 4 State Championships as well as 4 individual State Champions. Meanwhile, the Lady Knights (Battle Maidens) have won 3 League Titles, 8 District Titles and have qualified to the State Championships 18 of 22 years as well. The Lady Knights have won 7 State Championships and 3 individual State Champions. Rod is one the 4 cross-country coaches in the State to take 25+ teams to the State meet and was named the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association 2000 and 2014 Boys Coach of the Year and 2003 and 2008 Girls Coach of the Year.

 

Wilcox began Track coaching at Kings in 1992 as an assistant in track & field for the jumping events and stepped up as the Head Coach in 2018. He has coached over 100 state qualifiers in the jumps, 5 State Champions and 20 school record holders in the long, high and triple jumps over the last 26 years. He joined the cross-country staff in 1993, serving as an assistant for three years before stepping up to head coaching duties in 1996.

 

In his youth at Pendleton High School, Wilcox high jumped 6 feet 6 inches and finished 10th at the State Championships. Rod also ran of a 4x100 relay that placed 4th at State and still holds the School and District Record (42.7sec.). He graduated from West Valley (Yakima), moved on to Yakima Valley C.C. and then to the University of Washington, where he jumped 6'10" for the Huskies, earning two Varsity Letters and more importantly earning his bachelor's degree in Psychology. Wilcox then earned his M.Ed. in Sport Psychology from the University of Western Australia. Since 1991, he 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 (decathlon, 30-34 age group) and has since won 10 more. His ultimate goal is to break the decathlon world record in the 90-and-older age group.