Pete Dolan
Pete Dolan
Title: Head Coach/Director of Cross Country
Phone: 893-8276
Year: Thirtieth Season
Previous College: UC Santa Barbara
Position: Head Coach

Dolan By the Numbers

2012 USTFCCCA West Region Outdoor Head Coach of the Year

* 2 Big West Track and Field Team Titles (Women '05, Men ‘12)

* 11 Big West Cross Country Team Titles
* 97 Big West Track and Field Champions
* 18 NCAA Track and Field All-Americans
* 54 NCAA Track and Field National Qualifiers
* 2x Big West Track and Field Coach of the Year
* 11-Time Big West Cross Country Coach of the Year
* 10 Big West Cross Country Individual Champions
* 3 Cross Country All-Americans
* 18 Cross Country All-Regional Honors

* 21 Years in a row that UCSB Athletes have been awarded All-Big West honors (leads Big West)     Dolan’s runners hold UCSB school records in every distance race from 800m-10,000m

Model Program 

Pete Dolan, now in his 30th 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.

Over the past decade UCSB has been the top-all around program in the Big West Conference factoring in performances in cross country and track and field, on both the men's and women's side. Coach Dolan has dedicated his program to the development of all the areas of a track and field team. PDF 

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.

Athlete Development 

2015 was another banner year for Dolan's harriers. Finishing with a school record low-score of 21 points. the UCSB men won the Big West Cross Country title putting five men in the top-nine- including four of the top-five. Bryan Guijarro captured the cross country win with teammate Anthony Ortolan close behind in second. 

On the track, Dolan's men scored 81 points in the distance events at the Big West Championship, winning the 3,000m Steeple (Bryce Rausa) and the 10,000m (Guijarro). Rausa had a season best steeple time of 8:51.24 and Guijarro lowered his 10k best to 29:11.20. 

Also in 2015, Dani Moreno captured her first conference title in the 10,000m and Tori Tsolis lowered her 1500m best to 4:21.95. 

In total, sixteen different UCSB runners scored in the distance events at the 2015 Big West Track Championship. 

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.

Known for balanced teams with a flair for the distances, the 2012 Gaucho squad was led by two-time All-American Ryan Martin who arrived at UCSB with a 1:53.23 800m personal best. Martin finished his last Big West Championship 800m in 1:44.77, notching his place as the 8th fastest runner in NCAA history in the 800m. Martin would go on to take fourth place at the NCAA Championships, setting the stage for an epic 800m show down in Eugene in late June. Under the Hayward Field lights, lining up in Lane 4, Ryan Martin took to the line in the Olympic Trials 800m final. Martin held on to the pack and charged hard to the tape breaking the finish line in fourth place at 1:44.90, narrowly missing an Olympic bid by .25 seconds.

For the efforts of the 2012 squad, Dolan was named 2012 USTFCCCA West Region Coach of the Year

Since the 2000 season, 24 distance athletes from 800 meters to 10,000 meters have qualified for the NCAA Championships.  

The success UCSB has enjoyed under Dolan stems from his desire to encourage his teams to strive for excellence by constantly challenging his athletes and staff. One would only need to look into the UCSB all-time lists to see the impact Dolan has had on the Gaucho distance program. In the 800m up to the 10,000m on both the Men’s and Women’s all-time top 10 lists, all but 11 marks belong to Dolan’s athletes with his former runners owning the school record in every category. Those lists provide a glimpse into the exception rate of improvement Dolan’s athletes have enjoyed over their UCSB careers.

From 2009 to 2011, Dolan’s runners captured 11 Big West Individual Championships on the track. The 2010 Gaucho squad was one for the record books, qualifying 6 athletes for the NCAA Championships- bringing home 5 All-American awards.  Danielle Domenichelli took 7th place in the 10,000m with her time of 33:32.31. Domenichelli, then a senior showed her range in adding a 10,000m All-American certificate to go with her 2008 honors in the 5,000m. Julian deRubira placed 9th in the 3,000m steeplechase in 8:49.34. deRubira is the school record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase at 8:43.92. 2010 was also Ryan Martin’s initial breakout into the national scene taking 4th in the 800m with 1:47.02.

Three athletes advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2008 under Dolan's guidance. Michael Powers and Danielle Domenichelli each earned All-American honors, and Chris Ashley battled his way to the NCAA Championships in the 5,000m after having a tough 2007 season. Powers best time of 8:48.18 in the 3,000m steeplechase is third all-time in UCSB history.

In 2007, Dolan led the Gaucho men's and women's teams to second-place finishes in a competitive Big West Conference. Six athletes competed in the NCAA Championships, which included Stephanie Rothstein's 5th place All-American performance in the 10,000 meters. Rothstein was named the Big West Athlete of the Year after closing out her marvelous career with a top-five national finish. Rothstein’s best 10k, 33:23.33 still stands as the school record at UCSB.

Dolan took the program to new heights in 2005. The Gaucho women claimed their first Conference Championship and broke school records in all the distance races from 1500 meters to 5000 meters. The 5000 meters squad was particularly dominant, setting the Big West conference record, sweeping the first four spots in the Conference Championships, qualifying four athletes to the NCAA Regionals, and qualifying two athletes to the NCAA Championship 5000m finals.

The men had several impressive feats of their own in 2005. The 1500 meters school record was broken, Tetlo Emmen was named All- American at 800 meters, and the top-10 board continued to be re-written. During the cross country campaign, Chris Ashley won the men's individual Big West title and was named Big West Athlete of the Year.

Cross Country #9 at NCAA's 

In cross country, the women had their highest placing in school history in the 2006 season, when they advanced to the NCAA Championships and took ninth place. After scoring 26 points at the Big West Championship, the lowest winning total since 1997, the Gaucho’s went on to a runner up NCAA Regional finish in Portland’s Blue Lake Park, after placing 4 runners in the top 15.  On a muddy course in late November, the Gaucho Women had a historic showing. The five women, Lauren Christman (32), Stephanie Rothstein (47), Megan Lewis (67), Lindsay Christman (98) and Bethany Nickless (153) helped propel UCSB to a 9th place NCAA Finish- losing to only 1 Pac-10 squad (eventual winner Stanford).

With Dolan’s guidance the women have won seven Big West Cross Country Championships: 1993, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Athlete Achievements 

Under Dolan’s watch the Gaucho men have had their share of success as well, claiming the Big West Cross Country Championship three times: in 1995, 1997 and 2001. Dolan has mentored 3 individual men’s champions (Brad Glosser ’95, Eric Gans ’01, Chris Ashley ‘05). Twice his athletes have taken the top-2 spots, on both occasions propelling UCSB to team titles (Glosser and Dave Cullum ’95 and Eric Gans and Josh Horton ’01). His 2001 team ranks as one of UCSB's all-time greats, not only did they snap Cal Poly’s three year conference win streak, they went on to finish 17th at the NCAA Division I Championships (there are over 300 NCAA Div. I men's teams).

In his 28 years with the Gauchos, Dolan has guided athletes to the following achievements:

  • No. 8 all-time NCAA collegian in the 800m (Ryan Martin - 1:44.77)
  • 9th Place NCAA Cross Country Finish in 2006 (Women)
  • 17th Place NCAA Cross Country Finish in 2001 (Men)
  • 3 Men under 1:48 in the 800m (Martin 1:44.77, Emmen 1:47.60, Locklin 1:47.73)
  • Men’s 10,000m Big West Conference record (Scott Smith 28:35.71)
  • Women’s 5,000m former Big West Conference Record (Amanda Moreno 15:58.08)
  • 2006 and 2007 Big West Track Athlete of the Year (Stephanie Rothstein)
  • 2012 Co-Freshman of the Year (Shyan Vaziri)
  • 4 Men’s Cross Country Big West Champions

 (Dave Cullum ’95, Eric Gans ’01, Chris Ashley ’05, Guijarro '15)

  • 7 Women’s Cross Country Big West Champions

(Appenrodt ’01, Rothstein ’03, Christman ’04, ’06, Lewis ’07, Domicelli ’08, Moreno ’10)


As an undergraduate of UCSB, Dolan was named All-Big West in the 10,000 meters in 1982, and was named UCSB's Most Valuable distance runner in the same year. He received his bachelor's degree in business economics from UCSB in 1982, and his master's degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy in 1987.