CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, has announced the hiring of Patrick Wales-Dinan as the associate head cross country coach.
"Patrick will be a great addition to our staff here at Harvard," Saretsky, who has led the recent resurgence with the track and field/cross country program, said. "He has been tremendously successful at every school he has coached during his career. We are excited to have Patrick join our Crimson family."
Wales-Dinan joins the Crimson's staff after a successful three-year stint at Long Beach State as the cross country and distance coach. The distance program thrived under Wales-Dinan's leadership, as his runners set seven school records, won two conference championships, earned seven All-Big West accolades and produced 32 top-10 performances. On the national stage, Wales-Dinan coached three U.S. Championships qualifiers, two NCAA Championships qualifiers (800m and 10,000m) and a 2014 NCAA first team All-American in the 800m.
"I am thrilled to be a part of Harvard's track and field/cross country program," said Wales Dinan. "Harvard represents the pinnacle of academic and athletic achievement and I am excited to help continue the success that Coach Saretsky and his staff are so well known for. There is no question that the Harvard name is synonymous with excellence and so I look forward to continuing to build that tradition of excellence while representing the Crimson."
Before heading to the West Coast, Wales-Dinan spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach for cross country and track & field at Duke. Seven athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships, while under his tutelage in Durham. In addition, Wales-Dinan guided one ACC Champion, an NCAA cross country qualifier and assisted in the recruitment of a top-five class for the Blue Devils.
Prior to his time at Duke, Wales-Dinan spent two seasons at Williams College as the assistant cross country coach and the head women's distance coach. On the track, Wales-Dinan coached two NCAA Champions (5,000m and 10,000m) and 10 All-Americans. His 2009 cross country team finished as the NCAA runner-ups, while he also coached the 2010 individual runner-up. In total, he tutored 20 NCAA qualifiers, 37 all-region performances and five conference team champions. Wales-Dinan's athletes at Williams were also successful in the classroom, as two were named NCAA Scholar Athletes of the Year while 20 garnered USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
A 2005 graduate of Bates College with a degree in economics, Wales-Dinan started his coaching career as the head cross country and track coach at Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine. His got his first taste of coaching at the collegiate level in 2008 as an assistant coach at Southern Maine, helping the Huskies win their ninth consecutive LEC and Alliance League titles.