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Dan Stimson
Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Ohio
Graduating Year: 1971
Major: Physical Education
Experience: 30 Years
Phone: (757) 221-3397
Email: dgstim@wm.edu
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Dan Stimson Bio
Courtesy: TribeAthletics.com
Release: 01/13/2011
An institution unto himself, Dan Stimson is in his 28th year with the William and Mary track and field programs in 2013-14.  After 25 years as William and Mary's Director of Track and Field, he made the decision in 2011-12 to step down and focus on coaching the Tribe throwers.  During his time in Williamsburg, Stimson's teams have demonstrated success both in the classroom and on the track, and have served as an exemplary model for what collegiate athletics should be all about. In recognition of his years of service, the College honored Coach Stimson in 2007 by naming the new throwing facility in his honor, the Stimson Throwing Events Area. Made possible through a generous donation from Mr. And Mrs. Joe Showker, the facility includes an Olympic throwing cage with circles for the hammer and discus, two shot put circles, and javelin runway.  In 2011, another pre-eminent honor came Stimson's way, as the alumni and friends of Tribe track and field established a scholarship endowment named in his honor.

Since fine-tuning his focus onto the throwing corps, Stimson has quickly established W&M as the best program in the conference and one of the very best in the region.  In 2011-12, Brandon Heroux wrapped up his outstanding career with his fourth-straight CAA title, and advanced to the NCAA Championships where he earned his first All-American honor with an eighth-place finish.  Heroux made the choice to compete internationally for Canada, where he finished sixth at the 2012 Olympic Trials, and later in the summer took fourth at the NACAC U-23 Track Championships in Mexico.  Heroux was also named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s track and field, and the overall Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  He graduated having accounted for 18 of the top-20 javelin performances in school history, including his school-record 73.55m (241-4) from the NCAA Championship finals.

2012-13 was another outstanding entry in the Tribe archives, with both throwing programs accounting for numerous records and helping lift the team to a sweep of the CAA Track and Field titles.  The women’s throwers won three of the five CAA titles, including gold-medal performances from freshmen Rochelle Evans in the shot put and Katie Johnston in the javelin.  Both rookies broke the Tribe freshman record with their performances, and Johnston would come just three centimeters shy of making the NCAA preliminary field.  Senior Natalie Baird won the hammer throw with a lifetime-best throw of 161-1, and would be named the Field Athlete of the Meet after also finishing second in the discus and seventh in the shot put, for a total of 20 points all by herself.

On the men’s side, sophomore Brian Waterfield was another winner of Field Athlete of the Meet honors, after he scored 28 points in all four throwing events to help W&M to the upset championship.  Waterfield won the shot put, took second in the discus, third in the javelin, and fourth in the hammer throw, the first three events all with lifetime-bests.  Alongside all-time great Chris Parsons, Waterfield is the only man in school history to rank on the Tribe’s record lists in all four outdoor throws.  Freshman Taylor Frenia set Tribe freshman records in both the weight throw and the hammer throw, and also qualified for the IC4A Championships in the shot put with a heave of 16.35m (53-7.75) at CNU.  That effort qualified him for the USAT&F Junior Championships in June, where Frenia would finish sixth in the nation.

Another rookie who had an astonishing season under Stimson’s direction was Bob Smutsky, who won the USAT&F Junior National Championship in the javelin.  Smutsky’s title-winning throw of 226-8 (69.08m) was just a few inches behind the freshman record set by Heroux, and came on the last throw of the competition.  He went on to place 10th at the Pan-Am Junior Games, representing Team USA for the first time.  Smutsky was also the CAA Champion in the event and the CAA Rookie of the Year, and just missed advancing to the NCAA Championship finals by a few inches.  Smutsky was also the Tribe’s number one sprinter, breaking the 200m freshman record indoors and qualifying for the IC4A Championships indoors and outdoors in the event.

During Stimson's tenure as the Director, the men’s and women’s programs combined for 25 Colonial Athletic Association titles out of 34 possible since the 2002-03 school year, and garnered numerous CAA Athlete and Rookie of the Year awards.  In total, W&M won 49 CAA championships since Stimson arrived in the summer of 1986, almost half of the Tribe's total of 102 league titles.  In fact, if the cross country and track programs were ranked by themselves along with all the schools in the CAA, they would be tied for third with Old Dominion behind James Madison (64) and the rest of W&M's teams (53).

In 2010-11, the men's cross country team won an unprecedented third-straight region title, and qualified to the NCAA Championships for the 14th time in a row.  During the track season, four athletes won CAA titles and nine were named All-East, with Jon Grey going on to make All-American status at the NCAA Championships.  In 25 years, Stimson’s teams produced 64 All-Americans and one Olympian while winning 49 CAA team titles out of the 94 possible (52%).

Stimson has more than 40 years of experience mentoring collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to national prominence, from his earliest days as a graduate assistant at Tennessee to the present day at William and Mary.  Even more impressive, much of his success has come in introducing brand new events to the athletes, since many states don't sponsor the hammer throw, weight throw, or javelin throw at the high school level.

Stimson's coaching career began at the University of Tennessee in 1971-72 where he was the throwing coach for Bill Skinner and Danny Martin (among others).  A post-grad, Skinner ranked third in the world that year in the javelin with a throw of 291 feet.  Martin was a freshman for the Volunteers who had thrown 218 feet in the javelin in high school.  In just one year with Stimson's coaching, Martin improved his range to 231 feet.

The next nine years came at Miami (Ohio), where Stimson had his first NCAA qualifier in Rich Elkins.  Elkins had thrown the javelin a modest 195 feet in high school, which he improved to 249 feet by 1981.  Geoff Lawrence didn't have a chance to throw either the discus or the hammer in high school in Indiana, but graduated from Miami with personal-bests of 175 feet in the discus, 181 feet in the hammer, and 57-7 in the shot put.  David Zipko was also a throwing triple-threat, throwing 54 feet in the shot put, 164 feet in the discus, and 185 feet in the hammer.

After most of a decade with the Redhawks, Stimson went back to Tennessee, this time as the head assistant coach.  Four of his throwers earned All-American honors, including three multiple-awardees.  Pat Reid was a 58-8 shot-putter in high school who improved to 63-10 in college, even with the four-pound size increase in the shot.  Reid was a two-time Penn Relay's Champion and twice an All-American in the shot put, placing as high as sixth.  Jeff Field improved in the javelin from 210 feet to 256 feet while at Tennessee, and J.R. Quinn went from 190 feet to 195-8 in the discus.  Both also earned two All-American honors in their events.  Scott Lundy was already a 61-foot shot-putter in high school, but improved to 61-6 in college to earn All-American honors.

When Stimson arrived in Williamsburg in the summer of 1986, he inherited a bare cupboard.  The Tribe had a single men's thrower who was recovering from a major shoulder injury, and no women's throwers.  So it is not a stretch by any means to say that he built the current throwing program completely from scratch.  One of his first throwers in the women's program was Wendy Warren, a walk-on with no previous experience in the javelin.  By the time Warren graduated, she was the school-record holder with a throw of 153-6 and was one of the top throwers in the East.  Mike Howell started with the hammer throw as a freshman, and as a senior qualified for the USAT&F National Championships where his school-record toss of 206-2 was the eighth-best by a collegiate thrower.  Howell was also the first, and so far only, man to win the shot put, discus, and hammer throw at a single CAA Championship when he led the Tribe to its first conference championship in 1992.

Adam Williams was a junior-college All-American in the hammer with a personal-best of 188 feet when he came to W&M, but improved to 195-2 and All-East honors by his senior year.  Williams also shares the school record in the weight throw indoors at 59-5.  Scott Young (180 feet) and Mike Berry (171 feet) both came to the College with modest personal-best marks in the javelin, but posted huge gains to become All-East performers.  Young improved 26 feet to throw 206, and Young was even more impressive with an improvement of 36 feet to 207.

Tyler Steele was a walk-on who put the shot 48 feet in high school.  Steele shined in the hammer throw in college, winning four consecutive conference titles and graduating with a best of 174-11 despite never having tried the event before college.  On the women's side, the 1990's were marked by Lisa Cronin and Haven Davis.  Cronin threw the javelin 139-11 in college, an improvement of nearly 20 feet over her high school-best.  Davis only threw 38 feet in the shot put and 122 feet in the discus in high school, but improved to 44-11 and 142 feet in college.  She also threw the hammer 148 feet and was the CAA shot put champion in 2001, the first of five straight conference titles for the Tribe in the event (and eight in 10 years).

As the millennium turned, Stimson continued recruiting training top athletes in the same fashion as he always had, molding hard work into conference titles and NCAA appearances.  Chris Parsons was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2001, taking second in the javelin throw at the Junior National Championships and setting the school record with a throw of 223 feet.  Parsons would wind up with a total of five CAA titles, and had a top-four showing in every throwing event as a sophomore in 2002.  He graduated having never lost at the CAA shot put to anyone who wasn't a teammate.

On the women's side, the decade dawned with Ayanna Jones and Cassidy Harris joining the team.  Both would end up with a pair of CAA titles in the shot put and All-East honors in the event as well, with Jones setting the school record at 48-6 and Harris graduating third all-time at 46-5.   Both also improved tremendously in the discus and hammer throw, with Jones finishing her career with bests of 133 feet and 146 feet, respectively, while Harris would end up throwing 129 feet and 159-10.  Liz Hager was an all-conference performer in the hammer throw, taking second in 2005 with a throw of 145 feet, and was also an All-East javelin thrower, with a personal-best of 140-6.  

In more recent years, Jen Showker became the first Tribe athlete to win the CAA title in the discus, throwing 144 feet after coming to the College with a high-school mark of just 129 feet.  Abby Lemon also threw the discus 129 feet in high school before transitioning to the hammer under Stimson's guidance.  By the time she graduated, Lemon was the CAA hammer throw champion and the first woman in school history to throw 175 feet.  Brenna Blevins never threw in high school, but owns the second-best javelin throw in school history at 149-4 and also put the shot 41-11.

On the men's side, Andy Smith graduated in 2006 as just the fourth thrower in conference history to win the same CAA title four times when he captured the 2006 javelin crown.  He improved from throwing 194 as a prep in North Carolina, to reaching 219 feet by the time he graduated.  Aaron Mitchell ranked among the Tribe's all-time top-five in both the shot put and the hammer throw upon his graduation in 2006, and was the only man ever to beat Chris Parsons in the shot put at the CAA meet when he claimed the 2003 title.

The 2009-10 season marked the end of another set of brilliant careers, while heralding the emergence of the stars of the future.  Ashley Williams never broke 40 feet in high school with the shot put, but graduated as W&M's indoor record-holder as one of just three women to ever throw over 47 feet.  She won the CAA title in both 2009 and 2010, and was All-East in the event as well.  Williams also graduated as the Tribe's record-holder in the weight throw indoors, and the hammer throw outdoors.  Carly Morse was also a CAA Champion in the shot put, reaching a personal-best 45-10 in her four years in the Green and Gold.

In 2010-11, Zach Jordan earned his mark as an All-East athlete indoors in the weight throw, and finished his career ranked third all-time in school history with a best throw of 59-0.25.  A 146-foot discus thrower in high school, the second-generation Stimson athlete (his father also threw for Stimson at Miami), Jordan also threw the hammer 182-0 outdoors (fifth-best all-time) and took second at the CAA Championships in the event.  Dan Klatzkin was a 51-foot shot-putter in his prep days, and has claimed four All-CAA honors while throwing the college-weight shot put 48-8 and the discus 156-6.

Brandon Heroux broke the College's javelin record with a throw of 227-2 while just a freshman, and became the first thrower to make the NCAA Championships since 1970.  After undergoing arm surgery on his throwing arm in the summer, he quickly returned to form as a sophomore, winning his second-straight CAA title and placing second at the IC4A Championships.  His best campaign, and most heartbreaking, came as a junior in 2011 when he won the CAA Championships (with another conference record-throw), the Penn Relays, and the IC4A Championships, but tore a ligament in his elbow in the process.

Natalie Baird was one of the top throwers in Virginia high school history, but surpassed even that as a freshman in 2009 by breaking the W&M discus record that had stood since 1982, eight years before she was even born.  Her throw of 156-7 was good enough to place fifth at the U.S. Junior National Championships, but she also broke W&M's freshman records in the shot put (indoors and outdoors), the weight throw, and the hammer throw.  As a sophomore, she bounced back from illness that disrupted her entire fall to win her first CAA discus title, before redshirting 2010-11. Also a two-time All-East athlete, Baird is one of just two throwers to ever be named Rookie of the Year by the CAA.

Stimson's success has not just been limited to the throwing fields.  Also an accomplished jumps coach, Stimson has been responsible for developing W&M into one of the top multi-event programs in the region.  His success goes all the way back to Lisa Rayner, a walk-on who earned All-American honors in the high jump at the 1994 NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Rayner's leap of 5-11.25 still ranks as the school record.  Charlotte LaRoche was a multiple-time All-East award winner in the pole vault, and was ranked 20th nationally indoors in 2002.  More recently, Stimson coached Cam Shriver to the CAA high jump title in 2009 and IC4A indoor title in 2008, and Ben Katz to the conference high jump championship in 2011.

In the multi-events, Todd Doughty was a walk-on who, by the time he graduated in 1997, held the school record in the decathlon with 7,240 points and ranked among the nation's 20-best decathletes.  Since the CAA began sponsoring a decathlon championship, W&M has claimed five gold medals, including three by Phil Agee.  The most recent came in 2010, when Doug Zimmer capped off his five-year career with a personal-best 6,322 point effort to end a five-year title drought for the Tribe.

Even more impressive has been the growth of the heptathlon.  A W&M athlete has won eight of the 10 CAA championships, including seven in a row before injuries left the Tribe without a competitor last spring.  Bonnie Meekins lays claim to the title of the top multi-eventer in school history, ranking first in both the pentathlon (3,757) and heptathlon (5,457) while winning two CAA titles, an ECAC Championship, and finishing 16th at the NCAA Championships in 2007.  Brenna Blevins won both the CAA and ECAC heptathlons in 2006, just missing the NCAA Championships by 14 points.  Katie Guevel set 15 school records and 15 freshman records in 2007-08, winning the first of two CAA heptathlons with a personal-best scored of 5,158 points.  Guevel never threw in high school, but took quickly to the discipline with marks of 130 feet in the javelin and 38-11 in the shot put.  A hurdler by nature, Guevel continued to tear up the track as a sophomore with All-East honors indoors, and helped W&M qualify for ECACs outdoors in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

A native of Falconer, New York, Stimson graduated with honors from Ohio University in 1971 and holds a master’s degree from Miami (Ohio). As an undergraduate, he was the All-Ohio and Central Collegiate shot put champion, as well as a two-time MAC shot put champion. He concluded his athletic career by competing in both the NCAA and AAU national championships in the shot put.

Dan and his wife Rosemary, also a Falconer native, have two children. Their son, Clare, graduated from Old Dominion in 2010 and is a realtor in the Hampton Roads area. Daughter Krista Crider graduated from W&M in 1996 with a B.S. in biology and earned her master’s degree at the College in 1998. She earned a Ph.D. in the field of genetics and molecular biology at Emory University, and works for the Centers for Disease Control. Krista is a former W&M record holder in the hammer throw, and is the proud mother of two future Tribe record-holders in seven-year-old Samuel Daniel Crider, and four-year-old Kara Elizabeth Crider.

W&M Team Finishes Under Stimson

  Men's Cross Country Women's Cross Country Men's Indoor Track Women's Indoor Track Men's Outdoor Track Women's Outdoor Track
Year CAA Region IC4A NCAA CAA Region ECAC NCAA IC4A NCAA ECAC NCAA CAA Region IC4A NCAA CAA Region ECAC NCAA
1986-87 4th       2nd                              
1987-88 4th       1st 15th       T44th                    
1988-89 2nd 12th     1st 13th                            
1989-90 2nd 6th     2nd 4th             3rd     T56th 2nd      
1990-91 1st 1st   15th 1st 4th   20th         3rd     T32nd 3rd      
1991-92 1st 5th     1st 6th           T34th 1st     T57th 3rd     T43rd
1992-93 2nd 13th     1st 5th   16th         1st       2nd     T55th
1993-94 1st 9th     1st 5th           T43rd 2nd       3rd     T34th
1994-95 1st 4th   18th 1st 4th             2nd     T65th 3rd      
1995-96 1st 3rd   17th 3rd               2nd       5th      
1996-97 1st 7th     1st 4th   17th         3rd     T34th 4th      
1997-98 1st 2nd   9th 1st 4th       T57th     2nd       2nd      
1998-99 2nd 4th   13th 1st 4th   10th   T25th     2nd     T58th 1st      
1999-00 2nd 2nd   13th 2nd 7th       T24th     2nd     T30th 2nd      
2000-01 1st 1st 3rd 10th 2nd 7th     T14th T28th T27th   2nd   T17th T39th 1st   T33rd  
2001-02 1st 2nd 3rd 16th 2nd 6th     29th   21st   2nd   33rd   1st   10th  
2002-03 1st 2nd 2nd 14th 2nd 6th   23rd 20th   13th T51st 1st T41st 8th T32nd 1st T39th 4th  
2003-04 1st 3rd 12th 31st 1st 5th     T42nd   T16th   1st T31st 13th   1st T51st T23rd  
2004-05 1st 2nd 2nd DNF 1st 6th 4th   24th   23rd   4th T30th 9th T60th 1st NR 13th  
2005-06 1st 1st 4th 22nd 1st 5th 10th 23rd 10th   23rd   3rd NR 30th   1st NR 6th  
2006-07 1st 2nd 1st 8th 1st 7th 2nd   T6th   T24th   2nd NR 8th   2nd NR 14th  
2007-08 1st 3rd 3rd 15th 1st 10th 2nd   T19th   6th   2nd T54th T18th   1st T15th 4th T53rd
2008-09 1st 1st 8th 16th 1st 5th 3rd   6th   11th   2nd 27th T8th   1st 13th T8th  
2009-10 1st 1st 2nd 5th 1st 4th 2nd   T9th T40th T8th   2nd   T36th   1st   T12th  
2010-11 1st 1st 9th 19th 2nd 9th 2nd   T20th   T43rd   5th   T15th   8th   T26th  
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