Arizona Cross Country, Track and Field adds Priscilla Schultz as Assistant Coach
TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Cross Country and Track & Field program announces Priscilla Schultz as Assistant Coach to help lead the distance runners.
Schultz spent the last two seasons as the Head Cross Country Coach at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz, and was an assistant for the track team as well. She is a local product, having been born and raised in Prescott, Ariz. After high school she ran at the Division I level for Arizona State University and as a professional athlete upon her graduation.
"I am very excited to have Priscilla Schultz as the Assistant Coach for Cross Country," said Head Cross Country Coach Bernard Lagat. "Priscilla was a DI All-American in Track and Field and Cross Country and brings to us her experiences as a professional runner, an experienced coach, and a mentor to many young athletes. Her caring, hard-working, and driven nature are all the qualities that we value greatly in this Wildcat team and family."
Not only will Schultz assist Lagat with coaching, but she will also take the lead in recruiting for the distance program with her wide array of experience at all levels. She has her own local Youth Track/Cross Country Club called the Chandler Gazelles. This experience mixed with being raised in Arizona has helped her become very familiar with the Arizona High School programs and coaches, along with elite high school races on the west coast.
Fred Harvey, the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field, also expressed his excitement with the new coaching addition. "We are very excited to announce the hiring of Priscilla Schultz as our next Assistant Distance Coach," said Harvey. "She will assist Coach Bernard Lagat with both the Men and Women distance groups in Cross Country, as well as Track and Field." He added, "We have a long storied history of greatness here at the University of Arizona in our distance programs, and I feel with Priscilla's experience as an elite athlete, with college and high school coaching experience, will help continue this great tradition. Please welcome Coach Priscilla Schultz to 'Wildcat Country."
Schultz's knowledge of the sport is vast as she also has experience as the Director of Ops at a PAC-12 school and broke records at both the high school and collegiate levels as an athlete. While at Arizona State, Schultz was the first Cross Country All-American in school history. She also qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 800m and 1500m after graduating from school. Additionally, she also became a National Champion at the USA Fall Cross Country Championships.
"I am so grateful to begin working as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona. I would like to thank Coach Harvey and Coach Lagat for this excellent opportunity," said Schultz. "Throughout my conversations with the Wildcat Track and Field coaches and support staff, I got a true sense that the Wildcat Athletic Department truly cares for their student-athletes. My vision on how to coach student-athletes align with the Wildcats and I am happy to be a part of the team!" She also added, "I look forward to this cross-country season with our distance athletes and assisting Coach Lagat in his plan to produce Wildcat Championships. Bear Down!"
Schultz graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Exercise Science. She is married to her husband Jay and has three daughters: Abbey, Maddie, and Sophia.