Brandon Uhl is in his fifth year as the head men's track & field coach at Washington and Lee after serving as an assistant coach for the men's and women's programs since 2008. He also serves as an assistant coach with the men's cross country program.
In 2014-15, the team finished third at the indoor ODAC Championship and fourth at the outdoor ODAC Championship. The Generals totaled three individual event wins, and Ian McDonald ’17 was named in the ODAC Indoor Athlete of the Meet. McDonald went on to have even more success on the national stage. He finished as the runner-up in the mile at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championship with a W&L and ODAC record time of 4:12.07. The team would finish tied for 24th at the indoor championship, which marked a program best.
McDonald earned All-America honors with his finish to become just the third athlete in program history to achieve the feat. McDonald also became the seventh athlete to qualify for a National Championship under Uhl, and those competitors represented the Generals in 12 events.
The 2013-14 season was a historic one for Uhl and the Generals. He coached Zander Tallman ’14 to All-America honors at both in the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA National Championships, and Tallman claimed the program's first individual national title by winning the 400m at the outdoor meet. These marked the first All-America accolades by a men's track and field athlete since 1969. Tallman was also named the 2014 ODAC Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
The Generals had five athletes qualify for NCAA Championships in 2014, competing in six different events. Tallman finished third at the Indoor Championship in the 400m, while Aaron Jeong ’15 ran in the 60m. Along with Tallman's victory at the Outdoor National Championship, Jeong competed in the 100m, Kevin Sullivan ’14 participated in the javelin and the 4x100m relay, consisting of Tallman, Jeong, Agustin Kim ’14 and Cole Glasgow ’14, finished ninth. The five qualifiers at the outdoor championship marked the most for W&L since six athletes competed at the 1988 championship. W&L tied for 34th at the indoor National Championship and 26th at the outdoor meet.
Over the course of the two ODAC Championships, the Blue and White claimed eight individual titles, while taking third overall at both meets. The team also had nine program records set in 2014.
In his second season, Uhl's team suffered through injuries during the indoor season and finished fifth at the ODAC Meet. The group bounced back at the Outdoor ODAC Championship and placed third with four individual events wins. The Generals had 16 athletes earn All-ODAC accolades. Tallman also qualified for the Outdoor NCAA Championship in the 400m.
During Uhl's first year at the helm, the men's teams placed second at the Indoor ODAC Championship meet and third at the Outdoor ODAC Championship meet. In all, five school records fell during the indoor season and three more during the outdoor season. He coached athletes to four conference championships and 10 student-athletes earned all-conference honors. Tallman qualified for the Indoor NCAA Championships, and was the first individual to compete at the indoor championships since 1990. Tallman and Dillon Myers ’14 qualified for the outdoor championships in the 200m/400m and decathlon respectively. They were the first individuals to qualify for the outdoor meet since 1997. Tallman was also named the South/Southeast Regional Indoor Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA, while Myers was awarded All-Academic accolades by the association. In all, six student-athletes were named W&L Scholar Athletes and ODAC All-Academic.
As an assistant coach from 2008-11, Uhl helped the Generals to an ODAC Women’s Indoor Championship in 2010, a combined 31 ODAC individual event championships and 22 school records during that span. Uhl also spearheaded the men’s recruiting efforts that led them to a second-place ODAC finish in 2011, their best conference finish since 1993.
Uhl also served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Generals in the spring of 2004 and for the 2006-07 school year before taking over as the head track & field and cross country coach at College Misericordia from 2004-06. There he coached one NCAA All-American, two NCAA qualifiers, 40 all-conference student-athletes, five conference champions and guided athletes to 39 school records. He was named the 2004 and 2005 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Before his first stint with the Generals in the spring of 2004, Uhl served as a graduate assistant track & field coach at Frostburg State (Md.), earning a master of science degree in human performance. While at Frostburg, Uhl was responsible for the development of the men’s and women’s jumpers and assisting with the sprinters. In two seasons, he had an ECAC champion and a jumper provisionally qualify for NCAA’s. In all, he coached student-athletes to six All-ECAC awards and 10 All-Mason Dixon Conference awards.
Uhl is a 2001 graduate of Slippery Rock University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in exercise science. While at SRU, Uhl was a school record holder and provisional national qualifier in the triple jump. He was an eight-time all-conference student-athlete, two-time conference champion and was named athlete of the year his senior season.
Uhl is a Certified Jumps Specialist through the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He also holds USATF Level II certification in the Jumps and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Uhl and his wife, Alice, reside in Fincastle, Va.