Steve Dolan had his first Penn Relays in 1993 after taking over as athletics director at the College of New Jersey. He never missed one from that time until 2019 as a coach at TCNJ, and later at Princeton and Penn.
This is why Dolan says he is “very honored and very humble” after being announced Thursday as the new manager of the Penn Relays. He will also retain his role in his 10th year as Penn’s Director of Track and Field and Cross Country.
Dolan, 51, succeeds Dave Johnson, who announced his retirement in September 2020 after 26 years as carnival director, but remained at work until July to help overcome the pandemic.
In an interview Thursday, Dolan said he is seeking the post of director as a way to help young people have experiences to grow, enjoy and be a part of a diverse sport like track and field.
“I think there’s a part of me that sees the next phase of my training and kind of a career in athletics, can I be a part of that? ” he said. “Can I be a part of the creation of Penn Relays and continue with the history and tradition to make it what it is and build on it?
“One of the things that kind of motivated me when I first took on the job of post manager at Penn was where Philadelphia, Franklin Field and Penn play in the world for track and field. , and somehow inspired me to say, ‘What can We do?’ I think we can do some pretty special things to build on that Penn Relays tradition to really make Penn and Philadelphia a central opportunity for people for years to come for athletics.
Established in 1895, the Penn Relays have grown over the past 25 years, with added events for Masters candidates up to age 90 and the USA vs.World competition featuring Olympic athletes celebrating their 20th anniversary. in 2019, last year’s carnival. events have been disputed.
The meeting was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Carnival sponsored two low-key competitions earlier this year – the Philadelphia Metropolitan Collegiate Invitational in April and an All-People Meet in July.
Dolan is the second Penn track coach in the past six decades to also lead the Relays, joining the late Jim Tuppeny, who spent nine years in both roles before focusing solely on Carnival from 1979 to 1987. He sees a similar synergy with its program. and carnival.
“The success of the Penn Relays is really a team, so I think we have a really good team to do it,” he said. “In fact, this is the same team that did a great job with the Penn track program. We have great people who can be effective at both.
Dolan praised Johnson for his leadership of Penn Relays and said he will continue to build on his experience and knowledge of Carnival history.
Dolan coached five varsity American Championship relay teams at the Penn Relays, two with the Quakers and three in his previous position at Princeton.
He led Penn to seven Ivy League tag team championships – two men’s cross country, three women’s indoor track and field, and two women’s outdoor track and field. He has coached a total of 33 All-Americans and 190 All-Ivy honors.