Coach Halsell believes both Viking squads have top 10 capabilities
In 29th year as head indoor and outdoor track and field men's and women's coach and head men's and women's cross country coach at Western ... Has received 32 Coach of the Year honors, being league choice 25 times, region five, district one and area one ... Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 15 times (men's indoor track in 2005, 2006, 2013, and 2014; men's outdoor track 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; women's outdoor track 2009, men's cross country 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2010) ... Has coached nine national champions in track ... Under his guidance, 88 Vikings have earned All-America honors in track and 29 in cross country ... Also has had 60 National Scholar-Athletes in track and 43 in cross country ... His teams have had 28 Top 20 national meet finishes in cross country and 15 in track ... In 2011, his women's squad placed sixth at NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the highest finish in school and GNAC history ... In 2009, his men's and women's cross country teams placed fourth and eighth, respectively, at nationals, the highest finishes in school history ... ... Directed women's cross country team to fourth place at NAIA National Championships in 1992 and women's track squad to eighth place at nationals in 1997 ... Prior to stay at WWU was assistant coach for eight years at Wayland Baptist University (TX) ... During tenure at WBU, Pioneers placed second three times in men's division and twice in women's division at NAIA National Outdoor meet, and won three men's titles (1985-87) and one women's crown (1986) at NAIA National Indoor meet ... Coached 43 NAIA All-Americans at WBU ... Obtained bachelor's degree in 1981 and master's degree in 1985, both at WBU ... Also attended South Plains College (TX), being student assistant coach on Texans' squad that placed fourth at the National Junior College Outdoor meet in 1979 ... Went to Moscow, Russia, during summer of 1983 to study track & field techniques in Soviet Union ... Served two years (2004-06) as president of Division II U.S. Track Coaches Association for cross country after being vice-president for two years (2002-04) ... A 1976 graduate of Brownfield (TX) High School ... 57 years old ... Experienced mountain climber, having scaled Rainier, Baker, Shuksan, Adams, Glacier Peak, Shasta and Hood … He and wife Maria, who was NAIA national champion javelin thrower at Wayland Baptist TX, have two daughters, Sarah 13 and Laura 11.