Drealan named DSU cross country coach
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Former Dakota State University cross country and track star Anthony Drealan has been named DSU head cross country coach, taking over for his former coach, Buzz Stevenson.|
The announcement was made earlier this week.
"I found out about it on Monday," the 25-year-old Drealan said.
Besides being head cross country coach, Drealan will remain assistant track and field coach (distance runners) and will be teaching one class, Wellness for Life.
This will be the Fulda, Minn. native's first head coaching job.
After running for Fulda, Drealan came to DSU in the fall of 2006 and ran cross country and track for Stevenson. During his years of running for the Trojans, he qualified for two National Cross Country Meets, three National Indoor Track and Field Meets and four National Outdoor Track and Field Meets.
Drealan was a two-time NAIA All-American runner at DSU. His first All-American honor occurred in cross country in 2009 and then again in indoor track in the winter of 2010 (national runnerup on the distance medley relay team). He received numerous athletic and academic awards, including 2011 Outstanding Male Athlete and DSU's Champions of Character award.
"I always wanted to go into teaching," he said.
While attending DSU, Drealan fell in in love with running, so coaching would make it possible to stay connected with cross country and track and field.
He has been back at DSU for two years and has served as assistant cross country and track field coach.
"It has been great to be back," he said. "It is great to coach here and be with the athletes."
He helped guide the Trojans men's track and field team to a 17th-place finish at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship in March.
The major difference Drealan sees between a head coach and an assistant coach is that he will be in full control of the program.
"I will have the same responsibilities as before," he said, adding that he will be more involved in recruiting.
His main goal is to have the program continue its success it has seen during Stevenson's era.
"He has had some great teams and I want to continue this," Drealan said.
According to Drealan, "This is a dream. It is what I want to do with my life at a young age. I am really excited to be here at DSU."
Drealan believes he is taking over a program with a solid base.
"We had a great freshman class and with the training over the summer, they should be very good," he said.
One runner he loses is Andy Coy.
"He showed the younger runners this year that hard work pays off. You just don't replace someone like that."
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