Donahue named Ivy Coach of the Year

The Ivy League has announced its 2017-18 All-Ivy teams, and Penn was well-represented as Head Coach Steve Donahue was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year while three players received All-Ivy recognition.

Coach Dolan, Dobson earn mid-Atlantic regional awards

The awards keep coming for the Penn women’s track and field program after an historic indoor season, as Director of Track and Field Steve Dolan and Assistant Coach Porscha Dobson both earned Mid-Atlantic Regional awards.

By the Numbers: Student athletes

Student-athletes come to Penn not just to be members of the University’s NCAA Division I athletic programs, but also to receive one of the finest undergraduate educations in the world.

Q&A with Grace Calhoun

For Grace Calhoun, sport has always been a way of life. She grew up a gymnast and did track and field throughout college. But she never thought her interest in athletics would evolve into a full-fledged career.

Lauren Hertzler

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn athletic director Grace Calhoun is busier than ever, as chair of NCAA Division I council

In addition to being athletic director, overseeing 33 varsity sports, Calhoun is chair of the NCAA Division I council, part of the NCAA board of directors, and the NCAA board of governors. But that’s not all—Calhoun is also chair of the Ivy League’s committee on administration, essentially the working committee of Ivy athletic directors.


Sports Illustrated

You Relays got a hold on me

Letting go of this weekend’s Penn Relays, canceled by COVID-19 for the first time in their 125-year history, will sting harshly. By carrying on through past wars and national emergencies, the annual track and field extravaganza has enthralled millions, legitimized the sport in the U.S. and advanced racial integration.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

This runner was a favorite for the U.S. Olympic team. Then came the coronavirus pandemic

The middle-distance runner from Penn, who ran the second-fastest 800 meters in NCAA history, was quickly turning her focus to the Olympics, until the coronavirus put everything on hold. Now training for her “peak” has been put off indefinitely.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn track star and Olympic hopeful Nia Akins tones down her rigorous schedule

For someone who specializes in time management, as an emerging world-class athlete and a student in Penn’s School of Nursing, Nia Akins is scaling back some of her training, and her course load is a little lighter online. With her training on a “freelance” schedule, Akins is hopeful that Penn will consider giving a fifth year of eligibility to spring sports athletes who weren’t able to compete this year.



NCAA panel backs spring athlete eligibility relief

In an email to a large group of administrators and other parties working in college athletics, NCAA Division I Council Committee chair Grace Calhoun, the athletic director at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote that the committee will “also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter sport student-athletes who were unable to participate in conference and NCAA championships.”