|Position:||Assistant Coach - Sprints/Jumps/Throws|
Chad Pharis is heading into his eighth year in the Seattle University track and field program as an assistant coach, focusing primarily on the sprints, jumps and throws.
The 2015-16 season proved to be the most successful for the program, outperforming an already successful 2014-15 season. Pharis helped coach Shaddye Melu to four WAC Championship gold medals (2 indoor, 2 outdoor), and helped Melu earn a 19th-place finish in the NCAA West Preliminaries high jump. Pharis also helped coach Mandie Maddux to two major WAC Championship gold medals - the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon.
The 2014-15 season was perhaps the program's most successful thus far. With another year of 17 School records broken and 3 conference champions, the sprints, jumps and throws groups all showed great strides in moving to the next level. All conference champions came from Shaddye Melu, Indoor and Outdoor High jump as well as the outdoor 400m crown, but several others placed high on the podium as well. Mandie Maddux had a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the Indoor Pentathlon and Indoor high jump, respectively, and followed that up with 2nd place finish in the Outdoor High Jump. Devon Walker, Mariah Gibbs, and Alyssa Gonzales had 4th place finishes in the Indoor Weight Throw, Indoor Triple Jump, and Outdoor 100m, respectively.
The 2013-14 season saw continued improvement by the track and field program, with several school records broken (17) in the sprints, jumps, and throws. Shaddye Melu led off the Indoor Season with a strong 3rd place finish in the Indoor 400m. Austin Thummel-Gravitt followed closely behind in 6th. Shaddye garnered 2nd in the High Jump to help cap off a strong Indoor season for the team. Dylan Burnett won the WAC title in the javelin throw and qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships for the second consecutive year. Pharis helped Shaddye Melu prepare for the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, as Melu represented Zambia in the 400 meter dash.
During the team's first year at the WAC championships in 2013, Pharis helped coach several athletes to top finishes. This was also the team’s first opportunity to qualify for NCAA Division I post season meets. Dylan Burnett took advantage of this with qualifying throws the final two meets of the year to secure his spot at the meet. The competition in the WAC was tougher than expected, but the teams continued to build with 15 School Records in the Sprints and Jumps changing by season’s end.
In 2012, Pharis oversaw championship performances by Cali Cull (indoor women's triple jump) and the men's 4x100 meter relay (outdoor), as well as several trips to the medal stand in the final year of the Great West Conference Championships for SeattleU. Austin Thummel-Gravitt’s 2nd place finish in the Outdoor 400m, Katie Tougas’ 2nd place as well in the Outdoor Long Jump, and Cali Cull’s 2nd in the Outdoor Triple Jump. Kaytie Bateman secured a strong 3rd place finish in the Outdoor Heptathlon after 2 hot, grueling days of competition, while Zach Stanfield earned 3rd place in both the outdoor 100 and 200m races. The Men’s 4x400m capped off the meet with a fast 3rd place finish. Continued overall improvement was seen as 14 School records changed when the Season came to a close.
During the 2011 track and field season, Pharis oversaw three Great West Conference individual champions: two during the indoor season, Zach Stanfield and Emily Walters, as well as men's javelin champion Dylan Burnett during the outdoor season. In fact, Burnett earned Outstanding Performance of the meet with his javelin throw of 231' 10". This was a 30’+ Improvement on Burnett’s previous lifetime best. At the conclusion of the year, 19 School records had been rewritten in the events coached by Pharis.
In 2010, Pharis’ first year coaching the Jumps and Javelin, four jumping and one javelin school records were broken. Dylan Burnett placed third at the Great West Conference Outdoor Championships in the javelin, helping the team to a fourth place finish.
Pharis came to Seattle from West Texas, where he was a coach at a local middle school. A four-year letter winner at Texas Tech University in both indoor and outdoor track & field, Pharis competed in the high jump all four years and in the javelin throw during his senior year. In 2003, he won the Big 12 Championship in the high jump with a top effort of 2.20 meters. A six-time all-conference and two-time all-region high jumper, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in sport studies and holds Level II USATF Coaching Certifications in Jumps and Sprints/Hurdles/Relays.
Pharis and his wife Dana reside in Shoreline, Wash.
WAC Conference Champions
2014 – Dylan Burnett – Javelin
2015 – Shaddye Melu – Indoor High Jump
2015 – Shaddye Melu – Outdoor 400m
2015 – Shaddye Melu – Outdoor High Jump
Great West Conference Champions
2011 – Zach Stanfield – Indoor 400m
2011 – Emily Walters – Indoor Long Jump
2011 – Dylan Burnett – Javelin
2012 – Cali Cull – Indoor Triple Jump
2012 – Outdoor men’s 4x100m Relay
NCAA West Region Preliminaries Qualifiers
2013 – Dylan Burnett – Javelin
2014 – Dylan Burnett – Javelin
2015 – Shaddye Melu – High Jump