Chris Beene enters his tenth season at the helm of the cross country and track and field programs at South Plains College. Since his arrival, Beene has led the Texans and Lady Texans to a combined 23 NJCAA championships in men’s and women’s cross country, half marathon, indoor track and outdoor track, all of which have flooded in since 2006.
Under Beene’s guidance, the Texans and Lady Texans earned three NJCAA Championships during the 2013 spring season, sweeping the men’s and women’s indoor championships and then the Texans earned their seventh straight outdoor championship in May to come within two of the all-time record of nine straight championships.
The Lady Texans came just short of their fifth consecutive outdoor title when they finished second at the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor Championships.
Along with the indoor and outdoor track titles, the Lady Texans added a runner-up finish at the 2012 NJCAA Half-Marathon Championships that were hosted by South Plains College, as well as a third place finish at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships.
Lady Texan distance standout Darroneshia Lott took top honors at both fall championship events.
All total, Texan and Lady Texan athletes won 21 individual championships and seven relays for the 2012-13 academic year, and also collected 75 All-American awards.
Beene was named men’s and women’s Coach of the Meet at the Indoor Championships, and Men’s Coach of the Meet at the Outdoor Championships. Darroneshia Lott was named Indoor Track Athlete of the Meet after winning three individual events and anchoring the women’s distance medley relay team, and Ashley Johnson was honored as the top Field Event athlete at the Outdoor Championships. Johnson won the heptathlon and finished second in the high jump.
In 2012, the Texans and Lady Texans swept the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the fourth consecutive year. What made the sweep even sweeter was the fact that Beene’s squad accomplished the feat inside the friendly confines of the Texan Track and Field Complex.
Beene has coached athletes that currently hold nine NJCAA meet or national records. His athletes have won over 100 individual and relay national championships and countless All-American awards.
Beene came to South Plains College from Wayland Baptist University, where he was named Women’s NAIA Region 5 and 6 Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. He also earned Men’s Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004 and led his men’s team to a Sooner Athletic Conference championship in 2003.
Before taking over at Wayland, Beene served four seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University where he was in charge of coaching multi-events, pole vault, and javelin. Beene has also had coaching stints at Abilene Christian University, and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
A former All-American decathlete, Beene received both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in kinesiology from Angelo State University. He and his wife, Corye, have a daughter, Faith, and a son, Sage.
Blaine Wiley enters his eighth year at South Plains College and sixth season in his current position as Associate Head Coach where he oversees the men’s and women’s sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, and relay teams.
Since his arrival in 2006, Wiley has helped the Texan and Lady Texan track and field teams to 17 NJCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field team titles and has also mentored numerous individual and relay champions.
South Plains will travel to Mesa, Ariz. for the 2014 NJCAA Outdoor Track Championships May 15-17 where the Texans will attempt to win their eighth consecutive team title and the Lady Texans will go for their fifth title in six years.
During his tenure at South Plains, Wiley has not only coached his athletes to success on the NJCAA scene, but has also helped athletes on the international stage as well.
In 2011, Rondell Bartholomew finished sixth in the 400-meter final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea and Renny Quow earned a bronze medal at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
Wiley received his Level I USATF Track and Field certifications in December 2002 and earned his USATF Level II certification in jumps in July 2006. He also attended the 2007 USA Track and Field High Performance Summit; a USATF Level III conference, and numerous other clinics and conventions in coaching education.
Before South Plains, Wiley spent four seasons as an assistant at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where the Bobcats won seven Southland Conference men’s and women’s team championships.
Before joining the staff at Texas State, Wiley was a standout sprinter for the Bobcats from 1997-2000. As an athlete, Wiley was a member of the 1998 and 2000 outdoor conference championship teams. A two-time team captain for the Bobcats, Wiley was also a member of the school record sprint medley relay team.
Wiley graduated from Texas State University in May 2000 with a degree in Business Administration and completed a Master’s degree in Secondary Education in May 2008. Wiley and his wife, Julie, have two sons, Hayden Blaine Alan, and Landon James.
Men's Outdoor NJCAA Champs 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Men's Indoor NJCAA Champs 1986, 2007, 2009, 2013
Men's Half Marathon NJCAA Champs 2006, 2008, 2009
Men's Marathon NJCAA Champs 1993, 1995
Men's Cross Country NJCAA Champs 1991, 1996, 1997
Women's Outdoor NJCAA Champs 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Women's Indoor NJCAA Champs 2009, 2011, 2013
Women's Marathon NJCAA Champs 1996, 2002
Women's Half-Marathon NJCAA Champs 2010, 2011
Women's Cross Country NJCAA Champs 2006