COROS Becomes GPS Watch Sponsor of Wake Forest Track & Field and Cross Country

July 12, 2022

Wake Forest’s coaching staff will utilize COROS Training Hub to drive athlete performance

Irvine, CA, July 12, 2022 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – COROS Wearables makers of innovative performance GPS Watches and Wake Forest University announced today that COROS will serve as a GPS Watch sponsor of Wake Forest track & field and cross country. In addition, the program’s coaching staff will utilize the COROS Training Hub’s coaching software to manage athlete workouts and performance.

“We are thrilled to work with Wake Forest’s track & field and cross country teams,” Sports Science Product Manager at COROS Derek Dalzell said. “Wake Forest is at the forefront of monitoring athletic performance through data. With Wake Forest’s rich history and the COROS mission to deliver exceptional sports performance wearables, we are thrilled to work together to Explore Perfection.”

Wake Forest’s men’s cross country team finished in the top-10 at the 2021 NCAA Championships and the Demon Deacons return six of their top seven runners this fall.

“We are extremely excited to work with COROS, utilizing their GPS watches,” Director of track & field and cross country John Hayes said. “The technology of the Pace 2 and Training Hub will allow us as coaches to make even more informed decisions when it comes to all aspects of training. They are widely regarded as one of the most accurate watches on the market and sponsor some of the best athletes in our sport. This sponsorship will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes and coaches.”

The Demon Deacons will be using the award-winning COROS PACE 2 in conjunction with the COROS POD, which provides advanced running metrics.


COROS is a performance sports technology company that helps athletes train to be their best. For COROS it’s all about outdoors, mountains, and a passionate active lifestyle. We combine high grade hardware with innovative technology to provide endurance athletes with the gear they rely on in the world’s most extreme environments. Advanced technology with an efficient and intuitive user experience is at our core – when you use a COROS product, you know you are getting a tool that has been designed, tested and perfected for the athlete, by the athlete. COROS users have set World Records and been to the highest point on earth, pushing our products to the extremes. At COROS, creation and innovation are never ending. Our customers, the athletes make COROS – be a part of our community @COROSGlobal on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok.


Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, N.C., with more than 8,000 students. The undergraduate population of more than 5,400 hails from 47 states and more than 45 foreign countries.

Ours is a vibrant and diverse academic community in which students pursue learning in one or more of the 45 majors, 60 minors and additional programs we offer within our six colleges and schools.

In September 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked Wake Forest as one of the top 30 National Universities for the 26th consecutive year. In addition to the overall standing of 28th place, Wake Forest stands at 24th for Best Value.


John Hayes has served as Wake Forest’s director of track and field and cross country since August of 2016. Over his career, Hayes has led his teams to 11 NCAA Division I cross country championship appearances and has coached a total of 61 NCAA Division I qualifiers to 32 First-Team All-America honors in every event from 800m to cross country. This includes seven NCAA Division I track and cross country champions. He also coached two athletes to three USATF 1500m titles between 2009 and 2014. In 2022, Hayes was named the USATF national team assistant coach for distance at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

At the helm of Wake Forest, Hayes has returned his teams to prominence in the ACC and on the national stage. Under his direction, Demon Deacon student-athletes have broken 33 school records and earned 96 All-ACC honors, while 23 NCAA qualifiers have produced 13 First-Team All-America honors. Notably, men’s cross country improved its finish at the ACC Championships from 14th in 2015 prior to Hayes’ arrival to 3rd in 2020 and 2021, and from 23rd at the Southeast Region Championships in 2015 to 1st in 2021, the team’s first regional title in 28 years and just the second in school history. The men’s team went on to finish 15th and 10th, respectively, at the 2020 and 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships, its best finish in nearly three decades. For his 27th and 19th place finishes at the national meet in 2020 and 2021, Zach Facioni became just the fifth Wake Forest athlete in school history to earn All-America honors in cross country. Hayes was named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year in both 2020 and 2021, and Facioni was named the 2020 Southeast Region Men’s Athlete of the Year.

On the track in 2021 and 2022, 30 Demon Deacons brought home All-ACC honors, led by 2021 ACC Indoor Champions Anna Bush (pentathlon) and Tony Jones (high jump) and 2022 ACC Outdoor Champion Thomas Vanoppen (1500m). Seven Wake Forest event groups ranked in the nation’s top 15 in 2022 – men’s 5000m (9th), men’s 1500m (11th), men’s discus (11th), women’s high jump (11th), men’s 10K (13th), men’s hammer (14th), and men’s shot put (15th).