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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania's Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky W'71, has named Steve Dolan to fill the newly created position of Director of Cross Country/Track & Field.
"I am pleased to welcome Steve Dolan to the Penn Athletics family as our newly appointed Director of Cross Country/Track & Field," said Bilsky. "The Penn track programs have had a storied tradition that includes conference, national and even Olympic champions. Our goal with this hiring is to restore the luster to both programs. He has proven during his time at Princeton that he can find Ivy-caliber student-athletes and get them to compete at the highest levels, and his record both at Princeton and TCNJ before that is filled with athletes who received honors at every level. Our hope is that he will put the pieces in place to return Penn to an elite-level program."
"I am honored by the opportunity to coach at a place with such a rich history of success in track & field," said Dolan, who is currently at the Olympic Games in London training Donn Cabral with the United States team. "I am looking forward to helping the current and future student-athletes at Penn write the programs' next exciting chapters."
Dolan spent the last eight years at Princeton University where he served as the head men's cross country coach and assistant men's track coach. Under his leadership, the Tigers distance runners set the standard in the Ivy League and excelled at the national level. He guided Princeton student-athletes to one national title and 21 All-America awards, and coached 32 Ivy League individual champions. Prior to that, Dolan was honored as the NCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year 12 times as the head of the track & field programs at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).
Last year, Princeton was listed as the 13th-best program in the country. Cabral was a semifinalist for the Bowerman Award -- given to the top collegiate track & field athlete in the nation -- winning the national title in the steeplechase (setting the American college record in the process) while earning All-America honors in each of his three seasons, capturing cross country Regional Athlete of the Year and Most Outstanding Performer at Outdoor Heps. Every distance athlete who competed in the NCAA Championships in track earned All-America honors. The Tigers posted its second straight sweep of the Ivy League, and Dolan was named the Region's Assistant Coach of the Year in indoor track. The team also won two Penn Relays championships, the 4xMile for the second straight year and the distance medley relay.
A year earlier, the 2010 cross country season was arguably the best in Princeton history as the Tigers finished 12th at the NCAA Championships. The Tigers won the 2010 Heps title, and Cabral claimed the individual title with the second-fastest time in Heps history. He went on to a first-place finish at Regionals as Dolan captured Regional Coach of the Year honors. In April, Princeton won its first major title at Penn Relays since 1931 (4xMile).
Dolan also helped lead the Tigers to three straight Heptagonal cross country titles from 2006-08 and finished a point shy of a four-peat in 2009. He coached at least one cross country All-American from 2005-07.
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 in cross country. 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 1992 NCAA Division III national champion in the decathlon. He 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. Dolan received his master's degree at TCNJ in athletic administration in 1994.
Dolan and his wife, Nicole, have two children, Timothy and Sean.