Pete Dolan ~ Cross Country & Middle Distance Head Camp Coach

Pete Dolan, now in his 29th year with the Gauchos, is the Head Coach for Track and Field and Cross Country. Dolan has led a remarkable championship run at UCSB- evident by his teams winning Big West Championships in Men’s and Women’s Cross Country as well as Men’s and Women’s Track and Field.

As a Head Coach, he has captured a Big West Team Title in all four Championships.

UCSB has become a sought after destination for distance runners looking to train in a competitive group and develop in their respective events.

Since Dolan’s arrival in Santa Barbara in 1987, both the men’s and women’s distance programs have become highly regarded in the Big West Conference and have helped put UCSB in position to consistently contend for team championships.  Illustrating that point, since 2005 the UCSB women’s track and field program has finished in the top-2 at the Big West Championships 7 times, winning in 2005. The 2013 season ended with both men’s and women’s teams finishing runner-up at the Big West Championship although individually it was the best year under Dolan’s watch with Gauchos winning 10 event titles. One of those champions, Jennifer Carey, went on to represent Ireland running the 400m in the IAAF World Championships.

In 2012 the UCSB Men captured their first Big West Track and Field Championship- scoring in 18 of 21 events. After the Championship meet, Dolan was awarded his 12th Big West Coach of the Year honor- A fitting number matching his 12th Big West team title.
(More on Coach Dolan ~ More on the Distance Camp)


Each year many of the UCSB student-athletes assist the coaches providing a greater level of individualized training and also insights into the life of a NCAA Div. I student-athlete. They work with the campers on the track and hang out off the track throughout the day.


2017 Middle & Long Distance Speakers

Ken Reeves—An annual speaker for the middle & distance portion of the camp, as Nordhoff’s Boy’s and Girl’s coach, Reeves is California’s all-time winningst State Meet Championship coach. In 1999 he was named the United States Coach of the Year after breaking the title record with eleven State Meet Championship wins for Nordhoff.

Stay tuned for more announcements as we get close to the camp date


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