Brad's Life Offstage
BRAD UPTON

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  Way back in his high school days, Brad was a pretty good track & field athlete specializing in the hurdles. He went on to compete on one of the best Jr. College track & field teams of all-time at Spokane Community College. Brad then spent a year at The University of Montana before transferring and completing his college eligibility at Eastern Washington University. Brad continued to train and compete in the 110 meter high hurdles until the age of 34, running a lifetime best of 14.40 at the age of 30. Right out of college Brad began teaching 4th grade and coaching high school track at Pasco (Washington) High School. His 6 years as an assistant and 1 year as head coach saw Brad coach a state champion in the 400 meters. His relay teams are still some of the fastest in Washington State history. His 1985 team is still the only Pasco High team to win the biggest one day high school meet in the nation, the Pasco Invitational.

 

      In 1986 Brad left Pasco to begin his comedy career, but could never shake the coaching bug. From 1988-1994 he served as a volunteer assistant coach at The University of Washington coaching several All-Americans in the men's & women's 55-meter, 100/110-meter high hurdles and 400 meter intermediate hurdles. In 1994 he was a guest lecturer at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Boise on the women's 100 meter hurdles. After a health scare for his wife, Brad accepted the job as Assistant Men's & Women's Track & Field Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Washington in the fall of 1994. During the next 3 years as full time assistant, his hurdlers dominated the Pac 10 conference as well as the national stage. He coached All-Americans in both 1995 and 1996 in the women's 400 meter hurdles. 1996 saw two of Brad's athletes qualify for the U.S. and Canadian Olympic Trials. In 1996 he was also asked to speak on the women's 400 meter hurdles at the USA Track & Field Convention in Atlanta. During his tenure at the UW from 95-97, he had 4 different women run between 57.13 and 58.40 in the 400 meter hurdles. No other school in the NCAA had that many athletes run that fast during that period. At the 1997 Pac 10 Championships his athletes finished 2nd, 4th and 6th in the men's 110 meter high hurdles and saw his hurdlers score 20% of the teams points in the 2 hurdle events. During his 10 total years at the UW, the Huskies scored more points in the hurdle events at the Pac-10 Championships than any other school in the conference.....more than UCLA, USC, ASU, Arizona, Cal, Stanford, Oregon and WSU.

 

      1997 saw Brad go back to comedy full time but he kept coming back to coaching. In 2000 he coached just the men's & women's 400 meter hurdler for Seattle Pacific University. His athletes won the conference championships in both the men's & women's hurdles and saw another All-American certificate in the women's 400 meter hurdles.

 

      Since 2007 he has coached the hurdlers at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington. In a very competitive district, Shorecrest has become the dominant hurdle school in the district always able to field several very competitive athletes in each hurdle event. The spring of '11 produced another Washington State champion in the 3A men's 110 meter high hurdles and in '12 he coached the runner-up in the women's 300 hurdles. Next March will find this top comedian standing out in the cold rain spending his afternoons with another group of high school kids.

 

 

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