St. Olaf names Brian Power head men's track & field coach

Brian Power

St. Olaf College Sports Information

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The St. Olaf College Athletic Department and Athletic Director Ryan Bowles announced the hiring of Brian Power as its new head men's track & field coach on Tuesday.

Power will succeed Phil Lundin, who is retiring at the end of the calendar year. A head men's cross country coach will be hired in the spring.

"We are thrilled to have Brian joining our team," Bowles said. "Brian has demonstrated great success at Hanover College and it was obvious during the search process that he prioritizes the same things we do here at St. Olaf."

Power comes to St. Olaf from Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. where he led the Panthers' men's and women's track & field programs for the last eight seasons. In 2015, he was appointed as Hanover's director of cross country and track & field programs.

"I am incredibly excited to join the St. Olaf College staff," Power said. "St. Olaf has a long history of academic and athletic excellence and I am eager to guide the men's program to continued and new success. I want to thank Athletic Director Ryan Bowles for providing this opportunity and I cannot wait to begin shaping a track & field program the entire St. Olaf community will continue to be proud of for years to come."

During his eight seasons at the helm of the Hanover men's and women's track & field programs, the Panther women won seven Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) indoor or outdoor titles, while the men finished as high as second in both meets in 2019. His squads have broken 65 school records during his tenure and Power has coached over 130 first and second team all-conference honorees at Hanover.

Power has been named the HCAC Coach of the Year on seven occasions, including twice this past spring. He was the HCAC Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2012, as well as the 2017 indoor season and 2019 outdoor season. He received his first HCAC Men's Coach of the Year award for the outdoor season this spring.

Prior to Hanover, Power served as the track & field and cross country coach at the International School of Indiana from 2007-11, producing 18 academic all-state selections, three all-state cross country runners and a sectional champion.

A 2003 graduate of DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Power was a four-year member of the track & field and cross country squads at DePauw. He has completed his coursework towards a Master of Arts in English Literature from Eastern Illinois University with a thesis defense pending.

Power has previously served as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes women's cross country representative and is both a USTFCCCA certified track & field coach and a USTFCCCA jumps specialist.

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