Steve Dolan •
Director of Track & Field / Cross Country
Steve Dolan is currently in his fifth season as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016-17. 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 made an immediate impact on the Quaker program. In each of his first four seasons, the Quakers have broken or matched the school record for NCAA Outdoor qualifiers and produced at least two All Americans. Also, in those four years, Dolan has overseen a total of 15 All Americans, 24 Heptagonal champions, 54 All Ivy honorees and 28 Academic All-Ivy recipients.
The 2016-17 season is already off to a tremendous start with both cross country teams setting the tone. For the first time in Penn history, the women’s team achieved a USTFCCCA national ranking at No. 22 in the country while the men’s team followed with No. 26. The men became Heptagonal Champions, only the second time in 43 years. The women landed in third, making it their best finish in 11 years. Penn women went on to take 24th at the NCAA Championships with a 13th place finish and All American Honors from Ashley Montgomery.
Last year, Thomas Awad became a back-to-back XC Heptagonal Champion, and achieved All-American status by placing 14th at the XC NCAA Championships. At the NCAA, Regional Championships, Penn men placed second securing the program’s first berth to the NCAA Championships since 1975. In addition, Coach Dolan was named the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.
Juli Benson •
Juli Benson, one of the most accomplished distance runners and coaches in the country, joins the Penn Cross Country/Track and Field staff as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season. Benson will work with the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs.
Benson has had quite an impressive start to her Penn career as she guided the women’s Cross Country team to a best USTFCCCA national ranking of 22 and a third place finish at the Heptagonal Championships- their highest finish in 11 years. Penn then placed 4th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, granting them at large bid to the National Championships. It was at the NCAA Championships the ladies showed that the could compete with the best as the placed 24th while Ashley Montgomery took the 13th spot garnering First Team All-America honors.
Benson brings a plethora of experience to the Red and Blue including previous coaching stops at the Air Force Academy, George Mason, Georgetown and James Madison. Most recently, she served as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and the assistant track coach at Air Force from 2009 to 2014. During that time, Benson worked with the middle distance and distance specialists that captured the 2012 outdoor and 2013 indoor Mountain West Championships while being selected as the conference coach of the year during that span.
While at Georgetown, Benson coached Chris Lukezic to a USATF Junior National Championship, a fourth-place finish at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, a runner-up finish at the 2005 USATF Outdoor Championships as well as a semifinalist spot at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in the 1,500 meters in Helsinki, Finland. She also guided Treniere Clement to a runner-up performance at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships and led more than 20 athletes to USATFCCCA All-America honors during her five years with the Hoyas.
Porscha Dobson •
Porscha Dobson enters her fifth season as the sprints and hurdles coach for the Penn men's and women's track & field programs in 2016-17.
In her first four seasons at Penn, Dobson has guided four Quakers to a combined eight NCAA Championship appearances. Her athletes have amassed eight All-Ivy accolades, and six school records. The four fastest women in program history (Taylor McCorkle, Imani Solan, Lydia Ali and Heather Bong from 60-200meters) are all Dobson protégés.
Dobson came to Philadelphia after taking over as the women's head coach at Montclair State University in 2009. In three years, Coach Dobson's Red Hawks boasted a national champion, a Regional Track Athlete of the Year, two NCAA All-Americans, four individual national championship appearances, five national qualifiers, 11 school records, 20 conference champions, one NJAC Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year, three NJAC Track Athletes of the Year, four NJAC Rookies of the Year, two Montclair State Athlete of the Year awards and two USTFCCCA Academic All-America honors in addition to five NJAC honor roll selections and over 75 all-conference honors.
J.J. Hunter •
J.J. Hunter joins the Quakers staff as an assistant sprints and horizontal jumps coach beginning with the 2016-17 season.
Hunter comes to Penn following successful collegiate coaching stints at the University of Miami, Florida International and The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). During a span of seven seasons, Hunter has guided five student-athletes to NCAA national qualifying marks, 24 All-America honors, 11 school records holders and over 100 all-conference accolades have been honored under his tutelage.
Hunter served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for men’s sprints, hurdles, jumps, and multi-events at the University of Miami. Under his coaching, Lance Leggett became the 2007 ACC runner-up in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.79 seconds and was an ACC champion in the 400 meter hurdles. Additionally, Roland DaSliva (heptathlon) and Elan Daviglus (high jump) gained NCAA qualifying marks alongside Leggett and more than 10 student-athletes earned All-ACC laurels. Additionally, one ACC champion and three ACC runner-up performances were earned during Hunter’s time with the Hurricanes.
Joe Klim •
Vertical Jumps/Director of Operations
Joe Klim begins his fifth season at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016-17, specializing in high jump and pole vault.
Klim oversaw the All-American career of high jumper Maalik Reynolds, who earned a total of three All-America accolades in Klim's first two seasons and became the first Penn athlete since 1907 to win multiple high jump titles at the Penn Relays. Another of Klim’s high jump protégé’s is Mike Monroe became Heptagonal and IC4A Champion and went on to garner All-America honors as a freshman in the 2015 outdoor season.
Also under Klim, Noel Jancewicz became the third woman in Penn history to win the Penn Relays heptathlon and now holds the school record in the event. Most recently, Klim has led Tom Pitt to an outdoor Heptagonal Championship in the long jump and pole vaulter Nicole Macco in breaking the Penn Indoor School Record as a freshman.
Jeff Pflaumbaum •
Steve Dolan, the James P. Tuppeny and Betty J. Costanza Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, has announced that Jeff Pflaumbaum will join the Quakers staff as an assistant throws coach beginning with the 2016-17 season.
Pflaumbaum comes to 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.
Most recently, Pflaumbaum was the assistant track & field coach of throwing and multi-events as well as the recruiting coordinator at Lehigh University from 2013-16. During his time with the Mountain Hawks, Pflaumbaum led three student-athletes to Patriot League titles including the 2016 men’s shot put champion and the 2016 and 2015 women’s javelin champion.
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