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cgayden.jpgChip Gayden
Head Track and Field Coach

Chip Gayden enters his third season as the Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach at Meridian Community College. Gayden enters his 10th year of coaching after having stops at the NCAA, NJCAA, and high school levels.

Since his arrival, Gayden’s athletes have broken 16 school records and won 2 individual national championships, to go along with six top 25 finishes at the NJCAA National Championships as a team on both the men’s and women’s side.

In 2016, Gayden led both MCC squads to Top 25 finishes at the NJCAA Championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. MCC posted its best finish on the men’s side since 1999 with a 9th place finish during the indoor campaign. MCC saw its men’s team finish 22nd outdoors.  The women's team saw an 18th place finish indoors and a 22nd place finish outdoors.

In 2015, Gayden led MCC to two top 20 finishes at NJCAA National Championships with the men’s team finishing 13th indoors and 15th outdoors that included 4 NJCAA All-Americans.  Gayden’s teams also broke 12 school records in his first season leading the program.

Gayden, coached Kendrick Smith to the 2015 Indoor NJCAA 200 meter National Championship and the 2015 Outdoor NJCAA National Championship in the 100 meters and a third place finish in the 60 meters at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships.  Gayden also coached Chris Lewis to NJCAA Runner-Up finishes in the 60 meters indoors and 100 meters outdoors .

Gayden comes to MCC after a coaching at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Ole Miss, Iowa Central Community College and most recently the University of Memphis.

While at the University of Memphis, Gayden helped coach the men’s and women’s sprinters.  During his time at Memphis, he coached the programs first women’s 4x400m relay team to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  He also helped coach 3 All Americans and 6 school records.

Prior to Memphis, Gayden was an assistant track and field and cross country coach at Iowa Central Community College.  While at Iowa Central, Gayden helped lead both the men’s and women’s half-marathon teams and the women’s cross country teams to NJCAA National Titles in 2012.  He also served as the programs recruiting coordinator.

At Ole Miss, Gayden helped coach the men’s and women’s sprinters under long-time Head Coach Joe Walker Jr.  While coaching the sprinters at Ole Miss, Gayden helped Isiah Young to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team in the 200m.  Gayden also had several NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers, NCAA Regional Qualifiers and SEC scorers while at Ole Miss.  He also assisted with the training of 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Brittney Reese.  

Gayden began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Christian Brothers High School.  While at Christian Brothers, he coached the sprinters and hurdlers and lead the team to the 2010 State Championship.  During his time, he also had 2 Regional Runner-Ups and one Regional Championship.

Gayden is a USATF Level 1 certified coach as well as USATF Level 2 certified coach in the sprints, hurdles and relays.

Gayden is from Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism.  He is married to the former Ashley Lance of Franklin, TN.



dmettler.jpgDustin Mettler
Assistant Coach - Distance 

Dustin Mettler is entering his third season as an assistant track & field and cross-country coach at MCC working with the distance runners.

In all since Mettler’s arrival, his athletes have broken four school records and recorded one individual national championship and had three national scorers.

In Mettler’s second season , the program saw the distance program flourish.  MCC saw its first 4x800m relay national title since 1998.  The group of Rogelio Araiza, Noah Smith, Josh Austin and Tim Hoodlebrink won the indoor national title in the 4x800m along with breaking the facility record previously held by Duke University.  Mettler’s group also found points  in the 3000 meter steeplechase outdoors with Rogelio Araiza.

In Mettler’s first season, MCC saw Josh Austin post a 9th place finish in the 600 meters at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships with a school record time of 1:20.33.  During the outdoor campaign he coached Austin to a personal best of 1:53.90 in the 800 meters to qualify for the NJCAA National Championships.

Mettler comes to MCC after coaching at Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS for a semester where he helped coach a Region VI women’s championship.

Mettler had a successful college career at Cowley County Community College where he helped the Tigers win a region titles and multiple conference titles. Individually he won three region VI titles in the 5,000m and the 3,000m. He had a personal record of 14:44 in the 5k as a sophomore.

After graduating from Cowley, Mettler transferred to the University of Arkansas- Little Rock where he helped the Trojans win a cross-country Sun Belt championship. Mettler was a 2x recipient for the Sun Belt all-conference team. Mettler has a school record in the 8k with a 24:18. Mettler graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Prior to Mettler’s college career he went to Duncan High School where he won the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m state titles as a senior.

Mettler is from Duncan, Oklahoma. He is a son of Sonya Hill and Kelly Mettler. He has two siblings, Taylor and Dylan Mettler.