Brionne Clark, formerly Yosten, enters her second season as a volunteer assistat coach with SFA Cross Country. She spent the four prior years as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State working primarily with the Cowgirl cross country and distance runners.
During her time in Stillwater, 18 Oklahoma State runners have earned All-America status, with Mihaela Susa (2010 indoor mile), Felicity Milton (2010 indoor 5,000 meters), Natalja Piliusina (2011 indoor 800 meters & 1500m Outdoor Champion) and the 2011 women's indoor distance medley relay team falling directly under her watch.
Piliusina, Susa and the women's distance medley relay squads all won Big 12 titles under Yosten at the 2011 indoor conference championships and OSU's 30 team points at that meet marked the squad's best showing since 2006.
The 2010 women's cross country team placed fourth at the Big 12 Championships and 17th at the NCAA Championships for its best showing since 2005.
With Clark serving as their coach, Piliusina set school records in both the indoor and the outdoor 800 meters and Susa set the school record in both the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 meters. She also worked directly with the record-setting women's DMR team in 2011.
A familiar name to those who follow Big 12 running, Clark spent the 2008-09 season coaching at Western Michigan, but has Big 12 roots, as she was a 12-time all-conference performer and three-time NCAA Championships qualifier during her athletic career at Texas Tech. A member of the distance medley relay team that captured the Big 12 championship, Clark is also the Red Raiders school record holder in the 1,000 meter run.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics with a minor in chemical engineering from Texas Tech in 2005, she went on to continue her education in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. With one year of athletic eligibility remaining, she competed her last outdoor track season as a Badger and ran the 1,500 meters at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
She stayed on to volunteer with the Wisconsin staff for two years, where her duties consisted of assisting with the distance groups, scheduling and administrative help. Her first full-time coaching opportunity came at Western Michigan in 2008, where Clark coached the Bronco distance runners for one season before coming to Oklahoma State.