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Steve Dolan • Director of Track & Field / Cross Country
Middle Distance/Distance

Dolan is currently in his eighth season as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019-20. In this position, Dolan oversees all aspects of the men’s and women’s track & field and cross country programs and serves as the distance coach.

One of the most highly regarded coaches in the country, Dolan has transformed the Quakers’ program. In every season since his arrival, the Quakers have broken or matched the school record for NCAA Outdoor qualifiers and produced at least two All Americans. In the past 7 years, Dolan has overseen a total of 31 All Americans, 73 Heptagonal champions, 176 All Ivy honorees, 35 Academic All-Ivy recipients. Dolan is a 6-time Ivy League Coach of the Year and has been named Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year 10 times since arriving at Penn.

Riding the momentum of 2019 Track & Field year in which the Women’s team defended their Ivy League titles both indoor and out, the 2019-20 campaign is already off to a tremendous start with both cross country teams setting the tone. The men became Heptagonal Champions for only the third time in 50 years and the second under Dolan’s leadership. The women landed in third, matching their best finish in 14 years.

In his career, Dolan has coached 5 Penn Relays Championship of America-winning relays, most recently when the Penn Women claimed the DMR title, becoming the first Ivy League women’s team ever to win a COA. Dolan’s athletes have earned some lofty individual accomplishments over the years as well. Just last year, Nia Akins finished as the runner-up in the NCAA 800m both indoors and out, made it to the final round of the USATF Championships and ran a best of 2:01.67 along the way. On the men’s side, Dolan coached Thomas Awad to a 3rd place finish in the mile at the 2016 NCAA indoor championships, and school records in the mile indoors (3:57.03) and the 5,000m outdoors (13:33.29). Prior to his arrival at Penn, Dolan guided Donn Cabral to an NCAA Championship, the American Collegiate Record (8:19.14) and an 8th place finish in the 2012 Olympics in the 3,000m Steeplechase.

Porscha Dobson • Associate Head Coach
(Women’s Sprints/Hurdles/Horizontal Jumps)

Coach Dobson enters her eighth season, overseeing the women’s sprints and hurdles and second as the Associate Head Coach for the Penn men's and women's track & field programs in 2019-2020.

Dobson has helped to lead a resurgence of the women's sprint program for the Red and Blue. Most recently, Dobson’s athletes led Penn to four Ivy League Heptagonal Championship Team Titles in two years- the first in 22 years. Penn women have dominated the Ivy League and the Mid-Atlantic Region while also making their presence known on the national stage. It’s no wonder Dobson was awarded USTFCCCA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for back to back seasons (2018 and 2019).

The fastest women in program history in every indoor and outdoor sprint, hurdle and relay event are all Dobson protégés.

The 2018 and 2019 seasons brought Penn its first individual NCAA qualifier in a sprint event and four NCAA All Americans. In 2018 Uchechi Nwogwugwu (400m) became the 9th fastest freshman in the US, third in all of Nigeria, a two-time Heps Champion, third in Ivy League history and ran the second fastest 400m in Heps Championships history. In 2019, Nwogwugwu advanced to the finals of the NCAA Championships while teammate Skyla Wilson (400 hurdles) emerged as the third fastest freshman in the NCAA. The two combined with 800m and 200m stars, Nia Akins and Cecil Ene, to send Penn’s first 4x400 Relay to the National Championships with a time of 3:32.12.

Dobson’s women sprinters and hurdlers own 17 current school records (33 over the last seven seasons), 98 top-10 program marks and appear 23 times on the Ivy League’s top 10 All time lists. Dobson has produced 98 Ivy League scorers, 47 All Ivy recipients, 24 NCAA East Prelim Qualifiers, 22 Heps Championship runner ups, 10 Heps Champions and five All-American honorees.

Joe Klim • Assistant Coach
(Vertical Jumps/Multi-Events)

Coach Klim recently concluded his seventh season at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018-19, specializing in jumps and multi-events.

2019 saw Klim's group represented with two All-American performances in the outdoor season, including a third-place finish for Anna Peyton Malizia at the NCAA Championships in the high jump, while Sean Clarke earned second-team honors in the pole vault.

It was a sweep for Klim's vertical jumps group at the 2018 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, as Mike Monroe (high jump), Sean Clarke (pole vault), Anna Peyton Malizia (high jump) and Nicole Macco (pole vault) all captured individual Ivy Heps titles, adding to Malizia's crown during the indoor season as well. Malizia conclued her record-breaking season in the high jump with a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, earning honorable mention All-America status.

In all, Klim has coached Penn athletes to a combined 18 NCAA appearances and six All-America awards. In addition, Penn jumpers have collected nine heptagonal championships, an IC4A title, five current school records and 22 All-Ivy honors under Klim's tutelege.

J.J. Hunter • Assistant Coach
(Men’s Sprints/Hurdles/Horizontal Jumps)

Coach Hunter enters his fourth season with the Quakers in charge of the men’s sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps and multi events in 2019-20.

During his tenure and under his leadership, Hunter has developed nine Ivy League sprint/hurdle champions, eight NCAA regional qualifiers, three Penn record holders, and eight Academic All-Americans. Additionally, his athletes have produced 15 top-10 all-time Penn performances, and combined to form the No. 1 ranked 100m and 200m event groups in the Ivy League two years running.

2019 was an award-winning season for Hunter as he was named Men’s USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the indoor season. During the indoor campaign, Calvary Rogers set the 200m program record and subsequently captured his third consecutive 200m Ivy League title. Not to be outdone, Marvin Morgan ran the fastest 60m dash in program history and won his first Ivy League title in the same event. Led by this duo, Hunter’s group scored 55 of the 110 total points scored by the men’s team. Hunter’s indoor 200m event group finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Ivy League. Rogers was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the Ivy League Outdoor Heps Championship and finished his career as one of the most decorated sprinters in Ivy League history with six individual championships.

Jeff Pflaumbaum • Assistant Coach

Coach Pflaumbaum recently concluded his third season with the Quakers as an assistant throws coach in the 2018-19 season.

Helping the women's track and field program repeat as Ivy League Champions both indoor and outdoor, Pflaumbaum oversaw the development of two All-American performers in 2019, including Ashley Anumba (discus) and Mayyi Mahama (hammer).

Pflaumbaum helped the throws squad reach new distances during the 2017-18 season, and was named 2018 Women's Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year during the outdoor portion of the year, after guiding three student-athletes to Ivy League championships and advancing two to All-America status at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Oregon. Three of the four throwing events on the women's side boast school-record holders under the tutelage of Pflaumbaum.

Pflaumbaum arrived at Penn following successful collegiate coaching stints at Lehigh University, Swarthmore College and Temple University. During a span of five seasons, Pflaumbaum has guided five student-athletes to NCAA national qualifying marks, 48 IC4A/ECAC qualifiers, 33 all-conference honorees and a total of eight school records have been broken under his tutelage.

Matt Gosselin • Assistant Coach
(Middle Distance/Distance)

Matt Gosselin has just completed his first cross country season back at Penn, in which the women finished third, matching their best finish in the past 15 years.

Gosselin returns to Penn – where he spent two years as a volunteer assistant from 2013-2015.

For the 2015-16 season, Gosselin landed at Binghamton, where he spent a season as an assistant, helping the Bearcats' cross country teams to a pair of third-place finishes in the America East. In his lone year there, athletes in his discipline captured a pair of conference titles and three runner-up finishes.

Following his stint at Binghamton, Gosselin returned to Philadelphia to serve as the assistant coach at La Salle, beginning in 2016-17 the season. In his time with the Explorers, athletes in his discipline accounted for nine Atlantic 10 individual champions.

Following his stint at Binghamton, Gosselin returned to Philadelphia to serve as the assistant coach at La Salle, beginning in 2016-17 the season. In his time with the Explorers, athletes in his discipline accounted for nine Atlantic 10 individual champions.

He graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in human physiology.

Chris Hatler • Volunteer Assistant Coach
(Middle Distance/Distance)

Chris Hatler enters his second season a volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater, working under Director Steve Dolan with distance and middle-distance.

Before arriving back to Philadelphia, Hatler spent most of 2018 in Washington DC with the District Track Club, where he trained post-collegiately alongside Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. He also served as an assistant coach at the Sidwell Friends School, where under his tutelage, the tram earned a Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference title in Cross Country.

Previously, Hatler was a standout student-athlete during his Penn career, taking part in numerous historic moments for the men’s team. He was a member of the winning 4x Mile Relay at the 2016 Penn Relays, finished second team All-Ivy at the 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross-Country Championship to help bring home the team’s first men’s team title since 1973, and won the 2017 Indoor Heps Mile. He also served as men’s track & field captain during his senior season, during which he became the 482nd person to break the 4-minute mile barrier, clocking 3:59.21 and 3:39.08 for 1500meters.

Claire Hewitt • Director of Operations

Hewitt, a 2005 graduate, returns to Penn as Director of Operations after a 3-year stint as Co-Head Coach of cross country and track & field at Earlham College.

Before joining the staff at Earlham, Hewitt previously served as Penn’s Director of Operations and an assistant coach with the cross country and distance squads from 2014-2016 and as the assistant coach with the women’s cross country and track programs at St. Joseph’s University from 2008-2014.

As an undergraduate, Hewitt became the first recipient of the "125 Years of Women at Penn" Scholarship and competed in cross country and track. During her career, Hewitt set the program record in the 3K Steeplechase and was a three-time Academic All-American.

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