|Alma Mater:||Boise State '07|
Forest Braden enters his second year with the Bruins after having spent the 2008 season as a volunteer assistant with Gonzaga University. While at Gonzaga, Braden worked closely with standout distance coach Pat Tyson in recruiting and facilitating training sessions.
In Braden's first year with the Bruins, UCLA sent Marco Anzures and Shannon Murakami to compete at the NCAA Championships. The men also finished fifth at the Pac-10 meet and seventh at the Western Regional. The women were seventh in the Pac-10 and 11th at the regional.
Prior to his coaching stint at Gonzaga, Braden was a three-time All-American runner for coach Mike Maynard at Boise State from 2002-2007, earning accolades in indoor and outdoor track as well as cross country. He also won seven Western Athletic Conference titles as a Bronco.
Braden also ran for Team Indiana Elite for one year and placed in the top-10 in five USATF Championship meets.
Braden will be joined by fellow assistant Johnny Gray to coach the men's and women's cross country teams this season.