|Position:||Assistant Coach/Assistant Head Cross Country Coach (steeplechase, long distance)|
Shayla Houlihan, one of the top steeplechasers in the United States, is in her third season as a member of the California men's and women's cross country and track & field coaching staff. She has been elevated each of the last two years, taking on the role of associate head cross country coach beginning with the 2014 season. Houlihan had been previously appointed Cal's assistant head coach for the 2013 season.
Houlihan, who joined the Cal staff in July 2012 works primarily with the Golden Bears’ distance runners during the track & field season.
A record-setter in the 3000-meter steeplechase as a collegian at Northern Iowa and Utah, Houlihan continued to race after graduation and ended her professional career after a 22nd-place finish in the steeple at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012. She owns a PR of 9:51.26 in the event from 2011 and was ranked seventh in the country in the steeplechase by Track & Field News in 2010.
Houlihan initially attended Northern Iowa, graduating in 2007 with a degree in physical education and a minor in coaching. She then enrolled at Utah and competed as a master's candidate in health promotion and education. During the 2008 season, she established the Utah record in the steeplechase (10:43.60) and finished fourth in the event, as well as eighth in the 1500 meters, at the Mountain West Conference championships. She was named to the MWC and coaches' association all-academic teams.
Houlihan remained at Utah as a volunteer assistant coach through the 2010 season, working with the Utes' distance and cross country runners, including MWC 1500-meter champion and NCAA cross country qualifier Alyssa Abbott.
Houlihan then worked as an assistant coach for Team Run Flagstaff in Arizona from 2010-12, planning, coordinating and supervising weekly workouts for 170 members. She also competed professionally for Brooks in the steeplechase and was a two-time participant in the USA indoor and outdoor championships, as well as the Olympic Trials.