Dolan named Ivy Coach of the Year for 10th time

The veteran coach led the women’s track and field team to both the Indoor and Outdoor Ivy Heps championship this season.

Steve Dolan calls out to an athlete during a meet.
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Steve Dolan, the James P. Tuppeny/Betty J. Costanza Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, recently earned his 10th Ivy Coach of the Year honor.

Dolan, in his 12th season leading the Quakers, steered the women’s track and field team to both the Indoor and Outdoor Ivy Heps championship this year. The Red & Blue won the Indoor Ivy Heps in late February—their fourth indoor title in the past six years and seventh overall—by amassing 140 points, bettering second-place Princeton (134 points) and third-place Harvard (97 points).

In early May, Penn won the outdoor women’s title by edging out Princeton 184.5-184, their fourth outdoor championship in the past five seasons.

The Quakers swept both competitions for the first time since 2019. 

All in all, Dolan, who is also the Frank Dolson Director of the Penn Relays, has won two men’s cross country Coach of the Year awards, four women’s indoor Coach of the Year awards, and four women’s outdoor Coach of the Year awards.

Seven Quakers, four women and three men, qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held in Boston in early March. Third-year James Rhoads finished fourth in the men’s pole vault and fourth-year Scott Toney placed fifth, out of 16 competitors. Both scored 5.50 meters (18 feet 0.5 inches).

Twenty-eight Quakers, 16 women and 12 men, are currently competing in the NCAA Track & Field East First Round, which runs through Sunday at the University of Kentucky. The top 12 individual qualifiers from each event will advance to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are scheduled for June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.