Dan Schofer to lead Macalester track and field/cross country programs

Dan Schofer

Macalester College Sports Information

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Macalester College Director of Athletics Donnie Brooks has announced the hiring of Dan Schofer as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country. Schofer brings to Macalester 18 years of coaching experience, including a successful 13-year run at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

"We are thrilled to bring Dan aboard to lead our track and cross country programs at Macalester," Brooks said. "His experience as a director, his understanding of Division III and his desire to help student-athletes achieve comprehensive excellence in athletics, academics and personal development made him a natural fit for Macalester. Dan has a track record of success, and we look forward to working with him as he helps our programs and student-athletes reach their potential."

Schofer spent the last 13 years as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Cornell and served as the head men's and women's track & field coach for the past seven years. During his time at Cornell, his teams won three Midwest Conference championships in cross country and registered 11 top-three conference finishes in track & field. His student-athletes garnered 263 all-conference performances, 56 school records, 69 individual titles in track & field, five cross country individual championships and 26 NCAA All-American honors. Cornell has had NCAA cross country national qualifiers in 10 of the last 11 years, and NCAA track & field qualifiers in each of the last six years. One of his student-athletes, Abrah Masterson, won national championships in women's cross country and in the 10,000 meters on the track. 

Schofer's success brought accolades, including three Midwest Conference cross country Coach of the Year awards and the 2017 men's track & field MWC Coach of the Year award. In 2015, he was chosen the Central Region Coach of the Year for women's track & field. His men's cross country team won conference titles in 2017 and 2018, marking the first time the Rams' harriers won a conference championship since 1961 and the first back-to-back titles since 1947-48.

Recruiting played a significant role in Schofer's success at Cornell, as he built the largest rosters in the programs' history that included student-athletes from 30 states.

Prior to his time at Cornell, Schofer was an assistant coach for the men's and women's track & field and cross country teams for four years at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. At Rhodes, his athletes recorded four All-American performances, nine individual conference championships and 40 All-Conference honors. Schofer spent one season as an assistant at Carleton College, his alma mater, and one year at the University of Oregon as an instructor and teaching assistant. He earned a Master's degree in exercise physiology while at Oregon.

A 2000 graduate of Carleton, Schofer was All-Region and qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships as an individual in 1999. He received All-MIAC honorable mention twice in cross country and was All-MIAC on the track three times.

"I want to thank Donnie Brooks and the search committee at Macalester for this opportunity," Schofer said. "Everyone I met during this process reaffirmed my belief that Macalester is a special place. I am excited to join the amazing campus community, and I can't wait to get started as we work towards building an elite program. Additionally, I can't express how grateful I am to Cornell and all the people there who have made the last 13 years so special for me and my family."

In this new role as Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, Schofer will provide oversight and guidance to all four programs. His hiring follows the retirement of head track & field coach Margaret Gehring and head women's cross country coach Betsy Emerson.

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