Chris Ogle is in his third year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine University cross country and track and field teams. He was named to this position in the summer of 2008 following a successful one-year stint with the Waves' cross country and track and field teams.
As a graduate student with senior eligibility, Ogle was Pepperdine's top runner on four occasions, including the WCC Championships (10th, 25:39) and NCAA West Regional (96th, 32:34.65). During the track season, Ogle established school records in three events: the 1,500 (3:59.28), the 3,000 (8:45.97) and the 5,000 (14:58.42) and won the steeplechase at the Northridge Relays and the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
In his second season as an assistant coach with the Waves' cross country squads, he helped head coach Robert Radnoti develop a talented young men's team that consisted of seven freshmen and sophomores. Freshman Wesley Blundell averaged a second-place showing on the Waves through seven meets and posted the team's fastest 8K of the year at Cal State Bakersfield with a time of 25:15.90. Sophomore Kenny Smith was the team's top postseason runner as he led Pepperdine to the finish line at both the WCC and NCAA West Regional meets
During the 2009 track and field season, Ogle and Radnoti helped their student-athletes break 19 varsity and five Stotsenberg Track records.
Distance runner Lauren Lodge led all Waves by establishing three new individual school records in the 1,500-meter run (4:39.68), 3K (10:05.44) and steeplechase (10:54.93), while Brieanna Carroll left as Pepperdine's leader in the 5K (17:59.34) and 10K (37:36.08). Conrad Wozniak broke one of three varsity records on the men's side, clocking a time of 8:41.02 in the 3K at UC Santa Barbara.
Prior to his arrival at Pepperdine, Ogle competed for the University of Arizona where he was a three-time NCAA regional qualifier in the steeplechase. His Wildcat teams finished as high as 10th at cross country nationals and third at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Voted as Arizona's Most Inspirational runner, Ogle graduated summa cum laude in the spring of 2007 with a degree in psychology. He is currently working on his doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Ogle grew up in Tuscon, Ariz. and graduated from Mountain View High School in 2003. At Mountain View, Ogle set two cross country course records, was twice voted most valuable athlete and served as team captain during his senior season. Ogle's individual championships include regional titles in the 800, 1600, 3200 and cross country.