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Princeton's Dolan Named Regional Coach of the Year

Princeton Head Coach Steve Dolan
Princeton Head Coach Steve Dolan

Courtesy Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Steve Dolan, the Princeton men's cross country coach, is having himself a pretty good autumn.

Within the last three weeks alone, the Princeton men's cross country coach has seen his team run away from the rest of the Ivy League to win the Heptagonal Championship and follow that up by knocking off national powers like Villanova and Georgetown to win the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.

Coming up in another week, Dolan and the Tigers will compete in the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

Before that race, Dolan also gets to stop for minute and accept an individual honor for himself.

Dolan has been named the U.S. Track and Field And Cross Country Coaches' Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year.

Princeton's men are currently ranked first in the region and 17th in the country.

The Tigers have competed seven times this fall, and they have won four of those races while finishing second once, third once and fifth out of 35 teams in their section of the NCAA Pre-Nationals on the same course as the championship meet.

By winning the regional race, Princeton qualified its entire team for the NCAA final, to be held Nov. 22.

Dolan has been Princeton's head cross country coach for the last eight seasons, and he's led the Tigers to the championship at four of the last five Ivy League Heptagonal races, with the only loss in that span by a single point.

He's also coached nine All-Americas and 27 individual Heps champions in track and field.