|Alma Mater:||Boise State '07|
During the 2011 season, Kent Morikawa led the men's squad for most of the year, earning All-Pac-12 honors with his eighth-place finish at the conference meet. The men's team finished fourth at Pac-12s and tied for sixth at the West Region, while the women were 10th in the conference and 18th at regionals.
The Bruin cross country teams have seen much improvement under the guidance of Braden during his first three years at UCLA.
Before joining the Bruins, Braden served as a volunteer coach at at Gonzaga, where he worked closely with standout distance coach Pat Tyson in recruiting and facilitating training sessions.
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. In 2011, he started competing again on the track, primarily in the 5000m.
Braden will be joined by fellow assistant Johnny Gray to coach the men's and women's cross country teams this season.