Chris Seaton enters his eighth year as an assistant coach for the Wolfpack's men's and women's track and field and cross country programs. Seaton works with the middle distance and distance student-athletes in conjunction with head coach Rollie Geiger and women's head coach Laurie Henes.
Since joining the staff in fall of 2003, Seaton has helped lead the men's Cross Country program to five ACC Cross Country titles, five NCAA Southeast Regional crowns, and 10 berths to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, of which the team has had two top-ten finishes and finished in the top-25 five other times. On the women's side the woman have won the 2006 ACC Cross Country title and earned seven trips to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, which includes one top-ten finish and five top-25 finishes.
The success of the Wolfpack middle distance and distance student-athletes on track has been no less impressive. Since being promoted to an assistant coach for track and field, Seaton has assisted is mentoring numerous all-conference performers, regional qualifiers and several All-Americans.
Seaton has played a large part in the recruitment and maturation of distance runners Ryan Hill and Andrew Colley. Hill concluded his five-year career as a 10-time All-American between track and field and cross country for the Wolfpack in 2013, and became the fastest miler to hail from the state of North Carolina with his 3:54.89 mark in the Wanamaker Mile at the 106th Millrose Games. Colley, on the other hand, was a two-time track and field All-American in the men's 5,000 meters at the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Colley was a four-time cross country All-ACC selection, claimed the individual champion title at the 2013 ACC Championships, was named the 2012 and 2013 ACC Performer of the Year and a three-time All-American in cross country.
In addition to working with the team's current athletes, Seaton serves as the men's recruiting coordinator and has been integral in bringing in some of the nation's top prep runners, a number of whom were Footlocker National Finalists and Nike Cross National Qualifiers, along with numerous all-state and state champion runners. These athletes continue the Wolfpack cross country program's tradition of success in competition and in the classroom.
Seaton, a cross country All-American in 2001 for the the Wolfpack, moved into the assistant coaching position after spending four years as a graduate assistant during which time he earned his master's degree in public administration and continued to compete post-collegiately, which include qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the marathon.
A transfer to NC State, Seaton competed at Virginia Tech for four years where he was a qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the DMR while earning his bachelor's degree in architecture. He continued his success on the cross country course and track after transferring to NC State by earning All-ACC honors in both cross country and track and helped the cross country team to an ACC title and a ninth place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 2001. Seaton also added to the Pack's tradition of academic excellence by earning a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
A native of Richmond, Va., Chris is married to the former Catherine Sadosky, who competed for Virginia Tech in both cross country and track and field.