Trista Adkins was named the first western coach for the SMU equestrian program in September, 2013.
Adkins most recently, in the college ranks, spent five years as an assistant coach with Baylor's program, also focusing her efforts on the team's western riders. At Baylor, Adkins helped lead the program to the 2006 National Championships, the only first-year western program to earn an invitation that year. The Mustangs will look to repeat that this Spring, as the program starts its western program in 2013-14.
The first-year Mustang led the Lady Bears to a fifth-place finish at the Championship in 2007, an eighth-place finish in 2008 and a seventh-place finish in 2009. Adkins and the Bears also won the program's first Big 12 title in her final year with the squad in 2010.
Prior to her time in Waco, the Oklahoma State alumna spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the western riders at Fresno State, a program that went undefeated against Regional competition in her two years at the helm. Under her direction, the Bulldogs won the 2004 IHSA reserve national title and the 2005 Varsity Equestrian National Championship reserve title. Adkins also guided four of her riders to individual national championships.
Outside of the college setting, Adkins has most recently spent time as a trainer with one of the sport's elite, Casey Deary and Deary Performance Horses in Weatherford, Texas.
Adkins also spent a season at Ohio State following her career at Oklahoma State (2001). As a rider with the Cowboys' program, Adkins helped lead the team to a national championship, in addition to claiming the 2001 Alumni Western Horsemanship title at the IHSA National Championships. Adkins also spent time coaching overseas, teaching Western Horsemanship in Denmark.