Chris Stonestreet
Head Coach
Women's Track & Field Coaches
PHONE: (903) 565-5961 EMAIL: cstonestreet@uttyler.edu

UT Tyler has named Chris Stonestreet as the Track & Field and Cross Country head coach after a national search that resulted in him being elevated from within due to his success in helping to develop the program and student-athletes over the years.

Stonestreet has experience in multiple roles within UT Tyler Track & Field, starting as a student-athlete before transitioning to coaching where he would start by volunteering after his collegiate career ended in a progression that now has him taking over the program.

“I’m at a loss for words to describe how excited I am to become the head coach for track and field and cross country,” Stonestreet said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to build on the success that has been established by previous head coach, Bob Hepler. We have a strong culture that has been built at UT Tyler with a young group of student-athletes who have tremendous upside. I’m excited to see this team build on what they achieved this year as well as mentor the incoming group of freshman next year. UT Tyler is such an incredible institution that offers a first-class education, a beautiful campus and the opportunity for students to reach their full athletic potential.”

Stonestreet was hired full-time in 2014 as the assistant track & field coach and head strength and conditioning coach and was elevated to UT Tyler associate head track & field coach for the past two years. He has helped lead the Patriots to seven total American Southwest Conference Championship with five on the men’s side and two on the women’s along with 29 individual conference champions.

“With the success of our programs it’s a logical progression that we promote the person who has had a great deal of influence on that success,” said UT Tyler Athletics Director Dr. Howard Patterson.

Stonestreet has been working with the UT Tyler throwers since the Fall of 2012 and sprinters and jumps for the past four years where his leadership and coaching techniques have helped the Patriots earn four NCAA Individual National Championships and 18 All-America honors. His coaching helped develop Whitney Simmons into a seven-time All-American with two national titles in the hammer throw during the outdoor season and one NCAA Indoor championship in the weight throw.  The Patriots won the 2018 ASC Championship with individual titles from Matthew Godwin, Zach Richardson and Matthew Cecotti. Under Stonestreet’s guidance, Godwin won four straight ASC Championship javelin titles and would go on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Championship with a fifth-place finish. He was named the USTFCCCA All-Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 after Simmons, Alexis Baldwin and Kevonte Shaw earned All-America honors. Shaw was the first UT Tyler Track & Field National Champion, winning the 200 in the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships.

In 2014, Stonestreet helped Buck Thompson finish as national runner-up in the men's discus (52.93 m) and Simmons finished seventh in the hammer (53.86m) earning All-American honors as a freshman. 

In 2013, Stonestreet helped coach five-time All-American Thompson to personal bests in the discus (55.31 meters) and in the shot put (16.80 meters).  He also helped All-American Ed Palencia to a personal best of 65.10 meters in the javelin. The men’s team swept the throwing events at the American Southwest Conference Championship, with Thompson winning the shot put, hammer and discus events and Palencia winning the javelin.  The sweep in the throwing events helped lead UT Tyler to its first ASC Track and Field Championship for the men.

As an athlete, Stonestreet won the ASC Individual Championship in the Hammer throw from 2010 to 2012. He also was named the 2011 ASC Field Athlete of the Year and also has the second-longest hammer throw of all-time in the ASC.

Among his many accomplishments, Stonestreet holds the UT Tyler record for the hammer with a distance of 56.35 meters.

A Hurst native, Stonestreet developed as an athlete and coach in the throwing events under his mentor, Dave Wollman who is the former head track and field coach at Southern Methodist University and Jerome Bortoluzzi who is a currently Olympic hammer thrower.

Stonestreet graduated from UT Tyler with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

“UT Tyler is the only university I have ever known, I started with the program as an athlete one year after it was created,” Stonestreet said. “Ten years ago it would have been hard to imagine this becoming a reality. There is so many people that have helped me get to this point over the years. First I would like to thank Dr. Patterson for giving me this opportunity and trusting me with the development of the track and field/ cross country programs. I would also like to thank Dave Wollman, retired head coach at SMU, for inspiring my desire to be a coach and mentoring me along the way. There’s no way I could have made it this far without the current and former athletes at UT Tyler who have trusted me and bought in to our program, their dedication and work ethic have inspired me to continue growing as a coach every day. Lastly, I would like to thank the legendary Bob Hepler for investing so much of his time and energy into mentoring me to be the best man and coach that I can be. He has left a legacy at this university that I can only hope to match someday.”

 

Women's Track & Field Coaches
Whitney Simmons
Assistant Coach/ Recruiting Coordinator
Jordan Grubb
Sprints Assistant Coach
Greg Cawthon
Jumps Assistant Coach
Gavin Kirkhart
Pole Vault Assistant Coach