Princeton men's cross country and distance coach Steve Dolan has accepted the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field position at the University of Pennsylvania.Dolan leaves Princeton after nine years of service.
"It has been a real honor to work with the great student-athletes at Princeton the last eight years," Dolan said. "I want to thank Gary Walters and Fred Samara for the amazing opportunity. I'd also like to acknowledge the dedicated alums, great families and outstanding Princeton staff members that have made our success possible."
Dolan has helped to coach Princeton student-athletes to 21 All-America awards, 32 Ivy League individual championships and a countless number of program records.
He is also the coach of Donn Cabral '12 who won the national title in the steeplechase this past season, set an American college record in the event, was a Bowerman semifinalist and made the US Olympic team.
Dolan took over the reigns of the men's cross country team in 2008 and led the team to three Heps titles. The Tigers had their hottest year in 2010 with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the best finish in program history. It was also the first time Princeton had two runners earn All-America honors in the same year, as Cabral and Brian Leung '12 captured the honors. Dolan was named the Regional Coach of the Year at the end of that season. In 2011, the Tigers placed 19th in the nation.
In track & field, he has been a part of nine Heps team titles, including two consecutive triple crowns the last two academic years. In the last two years, Dolan has won three Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors (indoors 2011, outdoors 2011, indoors 2012) and helped the Tigers win three Penn Relays champions (twice in the 4xMile and once in the DMR). This year, every distance athlete that competed in the NCAA championships earned All-America honors, two indoor and four outdoors. At the end of the 2011-12 academic year, Princeton was listed at the 13th best program in the country, as the Tigers were No. 19 in the nation in cross country, 45th in indoor and 27th in outdoor.
Princeton begins a search for his replacement immediately.