Dolan Named Big West Coach of the Year for Women's Cross Country

Nov. 8, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. -- Pete Dolan was awarded the 2009 Big West Coach of the Year Award in women's cross country, after leading the Gauchos to their fifth Conference Championship in the last seven years.

UCSB re-captured the crown after a one-year hiatus, for their seventh crown overall. The women's program has won titles in 1993, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009, all under Dolan's guidance. He has now won seven coach of the year awards in women's cross country, and has coached UCSB athletes to All-Conference honors 17 seasons in a row.

The Gauchos scored 51 points to win the title, ahead of second-place UC Davis (61 points) and third-place Cal Poly (74 points). The top runner for UCSB was Crystal Reed, who completed the 6k UCR Agricultural Operations Course in 20:43.45 to place fourth individually.

This weekend the men's and women's cross country squads will travel to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA West Regional. The meet will be held on Nov. 14 at the University of Oregon.

Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

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