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Mondschein Named Assistant Women's Track & Field Coach

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 08/08/2012
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Brian Mondschein joins the Princeton women's track & field program.
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PRINCETON, N.J. (8/8/12) - Head women's track & field and cross country coach Peter Farrell announces the hiring of Brian Mondschein as the Tigers' assistant coach. He will work with all areas of the field events.

"Eighty-eight emails were registered to express satisfaction that Brian Mondschein was not only returning to the East but that he had landed at Princeton," Farrell said. "Brian brings a world of coaching experience to our track office. He is probably one of the most respected track coaches in America. Coach Ed [Roskiewicz] leaves pretty big shoes (size 13) to fill. Brian has had experience coaching all the field events and will undoubtedly continue Princeton’s excellence in the jumps and throws. We’re very excited to welcome him to the Princeton track family. Can’t wait to see what he can do with our terrific program."

Mondschein comes to Princeton from Southeastern Louisiana where he was an assistant coach for the last four years. He primarily worked with the throwers and multi-event athletes. Mondschein helped to coach nine conference champions, 20 all-conference selections and two All-Americas.

"I still find it a little hard to believe that one of my primary job responsibilities is to unite some of the brightest, most talented student-athletes in the English-speaking world, with what is arguably the finest university in that world," Mondschein said. "Coaching at Princeton has always been my dream, and I couldn't be happier."

Prior to joining the Lions' staff, Mondschein spent 14 years at Kutztown University, where he turned the program around dominated the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). In 14 years, the team won 18 conference titles, had 90 individual conference champions and 38 earned All-America honors. Four athletes earned Academic All-America honors and two were the PSAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Mondschein was named the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Coach of the Year nine times and the PSAC Coach of the Year 10 times.

Mondschein also had stints as an assistant coach at Virginia from 1987-1992, assistant coach at Rice from 1984-87 and became his coaching career at Orange Coast College in 1980.

A 1977 graduate of the University of Washington, Mondschein was an All-America in the decathlon finishing seventh at the NCAAs his senior year. Three years earlier, in 1973, he was part of the US junior 4x400 relay that posted a then-junior world record. He earned a degree in broadcast journalism and English.

Mondschein is no stranger to the Ivy League. His father Irv was a longtime head coach at Penn from 1967-1987. A member of the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame, Irv competed int he 1948 Olympics in the decathlon and was an assistant coach of the 1988 Olympic team.
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