Tom Service is in his 10th season at Santa Clara and his sixth as the head coach of both the men's and women's distance programs. Service also oversees the men's and women's outdoor track teams, which became varsity sports in 2005.
In 2009, Service led the women's cross country team to a fourth place finish at the WCC Championship. Individually, Stephanie Wilson, a junior from Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, became the most decorated Bronco cross Country runner of all time. Wilson became the Bronco's first WCC Champion; and later the first NCAA qualifier with her sixth place finish at the NCAA West Reginoal and then the first All-American at the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 21, 2009.
Last year the women were third at the WCC Championship. Senior Noelle Lopez won the school's first Rhode Scholarship for a female. Lopez is studying at Univeristy of Oxford in England currently.
When he was hired as Santa Clara's women's cross country coach in 2001, few could have predicted such as rapid rise of the Bronco distance program. In his first season, Service guided the Broncos to the school's first-ever league title and earned West Coast Conference coach of the year honors. In 2002, his young squad finished second in the league and recorded the highest NCAA regional finish in school history. In 2003, the team ranked as high as ninth in the NCAA West Region, a program-best, and five Broncos finished among the top 10 at the league championships.
A native of Modesto, Calif., Service graduated from San Jose State in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in social science. He also maintains a California State Teaching Credential.
Service and his wife Barbara, an elementary school administrator, reside in San Jose. They have three sons: Scott, Adam (deceased in 2006) and J.T., a former two-time all-Big West Conference distance runner at UC-Santa Barbara and a finalist in the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon.
Rhodes Scholar: Noelle Lopez - 2008
All Americans: Stephanie Wilson - 2009
WCC Coach of the Year: 2001
2001 WCC Champions
WCC Individual Champions
Stephanie Wilson 2009
WCC Athletes of the Month Under Service
2002 Kim Bates (October, 2002)
2009 Stephanie Wilson ( September, 2009, October, 2009)
2001 First Team
2001 Honorable Mention
2002 First Team
Kim Bates (Runner -up)
2002 Honorable Mention
2003 First Team
2003 Honorable Mention
2004 Honorable Mention
2005 First Team
Shannon Bell (Runner-up)
2005 Honorable Mention
2006 Honorable Mention
2007 First Team
2008 First Team
2009 First Team
Stephanie Wilson (WCC Champion)
2010 First Team