Courtesy Yale Sports Publicity
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- With the start of the track and field season this coming Saturday, David Shoehalter officially takes over the Bulldogs’ program as the Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. Shoehalter, who has helped build the program in his 16 seasons as a coach at Yale, succeeds legendary Yale coach Mark Young ’68 in the director’s position. In addition to Shoehalter’s promotion, the Bulldogs also promoted assistant coach Marc Davis to head coach of the men’s track and field team.
“I couldn’t be more excited to assume my new position as the Mark T. Young ‘68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field,” Shoehalter said. “I’ve got some very large shoes to fill in those left by Mark. He’s been a friend and mentor, and I couldn’t be more proud to have taken over the position that bears his name. The opportunity to lead this team is a great honor and I thank Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett for the chance to lead Yale Track and Field and Cross Country into a new era.”
During his tenure at Yale Shoehalter has focused on the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers on both the men’s and women’s teams. He has coached multiple Bulldog student-athletes to All-Ivy, All-East and All-American honors, including Yale's first IC4A champion in the hurdles since the 1970s and All-American Jihad Beauchman ’06 in the high jump. Under Shoehalter’s guidance, many Bulldogs have broken records in the sprints, jumps and hurdles. He also coached Joslyn Woodard ’06 to eight consecutive titles and a total of 20 career titles at the Ivy League’s Heptagonal Championships.
Shoehalter’s student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom. This past season the Yale men’s track and field team posted the highest GPA in the country among Division I programs (3.43).
The Yale program has made dramatic strides in many areas during Shoehalter’s time, including the renovation of Coxe Cage in 2005 that included the dedication of the William Clay Ford '48 Track & Field Center and a new banked indoor track named after Frank Shorter ’69, the former Yale cross country captain, NCAA champion, and two-time Olympic medalist.
In addition to his contributions as a coach at Yale, Shoehalter has also reached out to the larger track and field community. He is a member of the USTFCCCA Executive Committee. He has been the secretary of the Heptagonal Games Coaches Association for 12 years and is currently the second vice president of the IC4A Track and Field Coaches Association.
A 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in history, Shoehalter captained the Quakers as a senior and was a scorer in the hurdles and the pentathlon at the Heptagonal Championships. He earned multiple medals in the hurdles and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team for the USA in the 1989 World Maccabiah Games. He then spent a season as a volunteer coach at his alma mater, working with Penn’s high jumpers in 1989-90.
Prior to coming to Yale Shoehalter was an assistant coach at Lafayette College from 1990 to 1994. He coached the sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.
Davis, in his 11th year with the Bulldogs, takes over Shoehalter’s former position as men’s head track and field coach. Davis has coached Heptagonals Champions in the 60-meter dash, 100-meter dash, indoor and outdoor 200-meter dashes and the 4x100-meter relay. A 1995 graduate of Lafayette with a degree in sociology, Davis was a two-time Patriot League champion in the sprints and an All-East performer at 200-meter dash indoors.
“After leading our sprinters for the past 10 years, Marc Davis has shown that he is ready to take the reins of the men’s program,” Shoehalter said. “I have great confidence that we’re on a solid foundation with him at the helm.”