Tim Byers - Cross Country - Kansas Jayhawks

Tim Byers

TITLE Meet Director
PHONE 393-3847


Tim Byers was named Meet Director for Kansas Track and Field in August 2022.

As the Director of Cross Country and Track & Field from 2014-2022 at Baker University, Byers helped them to nine conference championships including four men’s track and field championships, three men’s cross-country championships and two women’s track and field championships. Byers also was the six-time Heart of America Coach of the Year and was a two-time nominee for NAIA Coach of the Year.

Along with conference championship success, coach Byers has also had success at the National level, including sending both the men’s and women’s cross-country team to Nationals in 2021, for the first time in school history. Coach Tim Byers has also had at least one student-athlete compete in every National Championship possible during his 28-year tenure and has also had every team earn at least a 3.0 GPA in his time at Baker.

Byers has coached at many collegiate levels, including NAIA, NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and D-III.

He has served as the head track and field coach at Ottawa University (Kan.) and Simpson College (Iowa). He was also an assistant at Park College(MO),  University of Wisconsin La Crosse(WI), Wartburg College(IA) and North Dakota State University(ND).

In his 28 years as a collegiate cross country and track coach, Byers has been a part of 29 conference championships, four NCAA trophies and coached two individual national champions in the women’s javelin and men’s race walk.

Byers graduated from Park University in 1997 with a BA in Sports Medicine and a MS in Human Performance/Exercise Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1998.

Tim is also a Kansas Air National Guard/United States Air Force Desert Storm Veteran where he served as a fire fighter.

Tim lives in Lawrence with his wife Lori of 30 years.  They have  two sons Tre(24) and Will(21).