Tom Dann
Tom Dann
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 207/893-6678
Year: 21st Season

Tom Dann has served as a coach for the SJC men's and women's cross country teams for 20 seasons and helped guide the women's squad to consecutive GNAC titles (2007, 2008) and 15 of his runners accounted for 27 All-Conference honors.

In 2014, Coach Dann led the men's program to a third-place finish in the GNAC Championship - hosted by Saint Joseph's on November 1st, 2014 - with two runners - sophomore Nick Shuckrow and freshman Lucas Fisher - claiming All-GNAC accolades with top-10 finishes. Fisher, who placed sixth overall, collected GNAC Rookie of the Year honors as the top-finishing first-year runner.

In 2014, Dann led the women to a fifth-place finish in the GNAC Championship as Amber Dostie claimed All-Conference honors for the fourth-consecutive season and Heather Eaton earned her third All-GNAC award in as many years.

Previously, Dann led the men's team to a conference championship runner-up performance in 2007, the program's best GNAC finale finish to date, and was recognized by his peers as the GNAC Men's Coach of the Year in 2007 and the Women's Coach of the Year in 2008.

Dann also serves as an Exercise Science Instructor at Saint Joseph's and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Prior to his time at Saint Joseph's, Dann served two separate stints as head coach of the track and field program at Kennebunk (Me.) High. During his tenure, he coached six different athletes who totaled 18 individual state championships in such events as the 800 and 1,000 meters, as well as the shot put, hurdles, triple jump, and high jump.

Dann graduated from Wittenberg University with a bachelor's degree in Geology in 1979. He was a member of the Tiger's successful cross country and track & field squads from 1975-79. Dann played a major role in his team's success as a distance runner, establishing a school record in the 10,000 meters and was a three-time captain

Following graduation, Dann worked for one season as an assistant coach at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, helping direct that team to a state championship.

Dann then returned to his native Oberlin, Ohio to begin a three-year stint as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Oberlin College from 1983-85. As an assistant with the Yeomen, Dann contributed to the building of a rather strong cross country program. In 1984, he helped direct the women's team to a North Coast Athletic Conference title and an impressive finish at the Great Lakes Regional Championships.

In 1985, Dann continued coaching in the college ranks, where he served as a graduate assistant at Division I Cleveland State University while earning his master's degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology. From there, Dann went on to become the head coach of cross country at Oberlin High School, his alma mater from 1986-88, where he revived the program following an 11-year hiatus. He also was an assistant coach for the successful track & field program.

Dann has an extensive background in distance competition. Between 1991 and 1992, he won 15 races across the state of Maine, including the Deering Oaks 5000 meters and the Portland Half Marathon. In 1991, the Maine Track Club honored him as the Runner of the Year. He continues to successfully compete, now in the master's division of road and track racing.

Dann currently resides in Hiram, Maine with his wife Terry and their three daughters, Anissa, Michaela, and Sierra.