University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics Troy Dannen has named Dave Paulsen as Interim Cross Country/Track and Field Head Coach.
Courtesy Panthers Athletics
“Dave has been a part of the Panther program as a student-athlete and a member of two different coaching staffs,” Dannen said. “He has a tremendous understanding of the history of our program and the needs of our student-athletes as our program advances forward. Our student-athletes were strong in their support of Dave’s candidacy over the past few days. He has positively influenced lives both on and off the track as an assistant coach and I’m pleased he is willing to expand that influence as our interim head coach.”
Paulsen will be entering his eighth year on the UNI cross country/track and field coaching staff this fall. Paulsen has planned, organized and managed all areas of UNI’s men’s and women’s cross country programs since joining the staff in August 2008. As a member of the UNI coaching staff, he has seen the Panthers set 19 school records, crown 17 Missouri Valley Conference champions, send 14 NCAA national qualifiers to the championship meet and has helped the Panthers net three NCAA All-America honors.
“I would like to thank Troy Dannen for the opportunity to lead the Panther cross country and track and field programs,” Paulsen said. “UNI has a rich tradition that I have been fortunate to be a part of as both a student-athlete and coach. We have a terrific coaching staff in place that will work tirelessly to build the program in a positive direction.”
Paulsen’s ties run deep in the Cedar Valley as he earned both his bachelor’s (political science) and master’s (exercise science) from UNI. Paulsen earned All-America honors in 2002 and was a two-time NCAA national qualifier (2002, 2003) for the UNI track & field program.
Paulsen and his wife, Dee, reside in Dike, with their son, Caleb, and daughters, Chloe and Kadee.
In addition to Paulsen’s hire as interim coach, it was announced that Trey Brokaw has joined the staff as a full-time assistant coach. Brokaw had served as a volunteer assistant coach over the past two seasons. In his two years at UNI, Brokaw has had great success working with athletes ranging from the 400 meters to the 10,000 meters on the track, as well as both cross country programs in the fall.
Brokaw graduated from Emporia State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Education. Currently he is working towards a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Iowa.
Dannen indicated a full search for a permanent head coach will commence following the conclusion of the 2016 outdoor track and field season.