Blake Boldon, with prior experience in the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences, was hired as the head coach for UAB's cross country program and an assistant coach for track & field in July 2009. With his main concentration on the cross country team, Boldon will coach the distance squad and work with the middle distance runners during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
During Boldon's inaugural season, UAB finished sixth at the Conference USA Championships and eighth at the NCAA South Regional. Sophomore Colleen Standridge received All-C-USA accolades after a personal-best 5K at the league meet.
Boldon also coached his distance runners to success during the track & field seasons with Lucy Taylor and Lauren Fayen breaking UAB records during the indoor and outdoor seasons, respectively. Rhiannon Johns recorded the top 10,000-meter title at the league meet. Bianca Le'Blanc received outdoor all-conference accolades and qualified, along with Johns, for the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Prior to his arrival at UAB, Boldon spent the first half of 2009 working on the same staff as legendary distance coach Jack Daniels for the private coaching company, The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project. Also in the spring of 2009, Boldon worked as an assistant track coach at Fountain Valley School of Colorado. While coaching in Colorado Springs, Boldon also competed as a member of the American Distance Project.
In his previous collegiate coaching position Boldon worked at Iowa State University from 2005 to 2008. During his three years at Iowa State, the Cyclones saw tremendous success. In Boldon's first year, Kiel Uhl was the U.S. Junior Cross Country champion and the top American at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. During the same season David Rotich was the runner-up in the mile run at the NCAA indoor championships and set a school record of 3:59.50. In 2007, the men's cross country team qualified for the national championships for the first time in a decade. The following spring Lisa Koll set the American collegiate record for 10,000 meters by running 32:11.13 at the Stanford Invitational. In addition to being the 2008 NCAA runner-up in the indoor 5000 meters, Lisa was the NCAA Champion for 10,000 meters.
Boldon spent the 2005 season as a volunteer assistant track & field coach at Florida State and as a team the Seminoles had two top ten NCAA finishes. Three of the distance runners that Boldon worked with at FSU went on to represent Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tom Lancashire ran the 1500 meters and both Andrew Lemoncello and Barbara Parker competed in the steeplechase. Prior to FSU, Boldon was a volunteer assistant coach with the Missouri State cross country and track & field teams from 2003-04. That year, the women's cross country team won the conference title.
Boldon spent his collegiate career at Missouri State, earning the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Indoor Most Valuable Athlete and Indoor Most Outstanding Track Performer honors in 2003. He was a five-time MVC champion and holds the school records in the indoor mile and outdoor 1500 meters.
Also competing in the United States Track & Field Championships in recent years, Boldon has four top 10 finishes at the national event. His best finish came in 2007, placing fourth in the indoor 3000 meters. By running 3:59.18 in 2007 he became only the third Iowa native to run a sub four minute mile. Boldon currently serves on the USATF Athlete Advisory Committee as the event leader for the men's 3,000 to 10,000 meters.
In addition to coaching and running, Boldon has written for the web edition of Running Times and contributed to Fitness Magazine. Boldon received his USATF Level I coaching certification in 2004. In 2010, Boldon was the recipient of the USATF Coaches Education Level II Scholarship, which is received every year by the top applying candidate. Winners are chosen based on past achievements as well as a statement of what coaching track athletes means to them.
Boldon received his bachelor's degree in mathematics education from Missouri State in 2003. That year he was named the College of Natural and Applied Sciences "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior."