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Steve Dolan
Position: Director of Track & Field/Cross Country
Other Position: Distance Coach
Alma Mater: St. Thomas
Graduating Year: 1992
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 215-898-4249
Email: stdolan@upenn.edu
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Dolan Videos

Steve Dolan is currently in his fourth season as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015-2016.  In this position, Dolan oversees all aspects of the men’s and women’s track & field and cross country programs and serves as the distance coach.

Dolan has made an immediate impact.  In each of his first three seasons, the Quakers have broken the school record for NCAA Outdoor qualifiers and produced at least two All Americans.  Also, in those three years, Dolan has overseen a total of 12 All Americans, 19 Heptagonal champions, 35 All Ivy honorees and 23 Academic All Ivy recipients.

The 2015-16 season is already off to a tremendous start with both cross country teams setting the tone. For the first time in Penn history, the men’s team achieved a USTFCCCA national ranking at No. 23 in the country. Thomas Awad became a back-to-back Heptagonal Champion, and achieved All-American status by placing 14th at the NCAA Championships. As a team, the Quakers placed second at the HEPS Championships -- their highest finish in 41 years. At the NCAA Regional Championships, the men placed secondwith two athletes finishing in the top 10 and three in the top 25. The second-place showing secured the program’s first berth to the NCAA Championships since 1975. In addition, Coach Dolan was named the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

The women’s team also made noise with their best Heptagonal team finish in eight years, and their highest individual finisher since 2006 -- Ashley Montgomery (5th).  Montgomery went on to also place fifth at Regionals to punch her first ticket to the NCAA Championships.

Most recently in 2014-15, Sam Mattis won the 2015 national championship in the discus, Tom Awad earned Penn's first individual Heptagonal cross country title in 40 years and became the school's first cross country All-American since 2002, and the men's cross country and mens' and women's outdoor track teams posted their best Heps finishes in nearly a decade.

In Dolan's second year, the Quakers won three individual titles at the Penn Relays for the first time since 1922. That includes the second sub-four minute mile in school history when Awad won the Olympic Development mile with the first sub-four performance at Penn in 40 years.  

As a freshman under Coach Dolan, Awad won the 2013 USA Junior championship in the 5,000 meters and Brendan Smith - who was the national runner-up in the steeplechase - each earned a trip to the Pan-American Junior Championships in Colombia. In 2014, Brendan Shearn earned a spot on Team USA at the World Junior Championships with a silver medal performance in the 10,000 meters at USA Junior Championships.

Prior to Penn, Dolan spent eight years at Princeton where he served as the head men's cross country coach and assistant men's track coach. Just prior to Dolan's arrival at Penn, he coached Donn Cabral to an eighth-place finish in the steeplechase at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He also guided Cabral to an NCAA title in the steeplechase - setting the American college record in the process. Under Dolan's leadership, the Tigers' distance runners set the standard in the Ivy League and excelled at the national level. He guided Princeton student-athletes to 21 All-America awards, and coached 32 Ivy League individual champions. Dolan also helped lead the Tigers to five of the last six Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country championships.

While at Princeton, Dolan was honored as NCAA Regional Coach of the Year on four occasions. Prior to that, Dolan was named as the NCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year 12 times as the head of the track & cross country programs at TCNJ.

Dolan's ability to develop distance runners was never more evident than the 2011-12 seasons where he coached back-to-back Penn Relays champions in the 4xMile. Dolan's squad also won the Penn Relays DMR in 2012 to become the first Ivy school in 53 years to pull off the Championship of America relay double. In addition to the Relays success, Dolan coached four sub-4 minute milers and had an NCAA qualifier in every distance event - which included an NCAA-leading 12 qualifiers.

Before arriving at Princeton, Dolan was the Director of Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country at TCNJ for 11 years. Under Dolan's tenure, TCNJ became a national power. Dolan's teams and top individuals were regularly among the best in the nation. Dolan coached 66 All-America award winners that combined for 126 All-America citations. This group includes five NCAA champions.

Dolan is a native of Bloomington, Minn. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in business administration in 1992. While at UST, he was the 1992 NCAA Division III national champion in the decathlon and was runner-up in the event in 1991. Dolan set school records in the decathlon, pentathlon and javelin while at UST and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He received his master's degree at TCNJ in athletic administration in 1994.

Dolan and his wife, Nicole, have two children, Timothy and Sean.


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