Allix Potratz-Lee joined the Washington State track and field coaching staff in July 2014 after an outstanding career as a student-athlete and coach at the University of Idaho.
Potratz-Lee was a member of the Idaho cross country/track and field coaching staff starting in 2010 as an assistant to Wayne Phipps, working primarily with the distance corps. The Vandals’ women’s cross country team won Western Athletic Conference team titles in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
After an outstanding prep career in Moscow, Idaho, the former Allix Lee-Painter continued excelling collegiately at the University of Idaho. Potratz-Lee was a five-time WAC champion, a 10-time first-team all-WAC honoree and a two-time ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American. She helped Idaho cross country capture the 2005 and 2007 team titles, and claimed the 2008 individual WAC cross country crown.
Potratz-Lee put together a legendary performance at the 2010 WAC Outdoor Championships, as she scored 30 points by winning the 3000m steeplechase, 5000m and 10,000m at the meet. It was just the third such triple-crown in NCAA history and the first in WAC history.
She is the only woman in WAC history to be named WAC Athlete of the Year in three different sports. She was the 2008 WAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, 2009 WAC Women’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year, the 2010 WAC Outdoor Women’s Track Performer of the Year, as well as the 2010 WAC Women’s High Point Award honoree. She was accorded the Stan Bates Award as the WAC’s top female student-athlete in 2010.
Potratz-Lee graduated from Idaho in 2010 with a degree in secondary education and English and went on to earn her master’s degree in English in 2013. She is married to former Idaho track and field athlete Steve Potratz-Lee.