David Shoehalter enters his 16th year as the men’s and women’s coach of the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. After beginning his career in 1989 as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Penn, he moved on to Lafayette in 1990. In his four years at Lafayette, Coach “Shoe” established a preeminent hurdle and jumps program for the Leopards. He guided numerous athletes to All-Patriot League and all-East status, including current men’s assistant coach Marc Davis. In 1994, Shoehalter began his career with the Bulldogs, making an immediate impact on the sprints, hurdles and jumps.
Shoehalter has coached numerous Bulldog athletes to All-Ivy, All-East and All-American honors, including Yale's first IC4A champion in the hurdles since the 1970s and All-American Jihad Beauchman ’06 in the high jump. Under Shoehalter’s guidance, many athletes have broken records in the sprints, jumps and hurdles. Ten years ago, Shoehalter took over the horizontal jumps, meeting with unprecedented success. He mentored Joslyn Woodard ’06 to eight consecutive Ivy long jump titles and a total of 20 career titles at the Ivy Championships.
As the track and field recruiting coordinator, Shoehalter brings a tireless enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport to the program. In 2000, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach of men's and women's track and field. His stated goal is to create a program that is competitive in all event areas and on all levels. Shoehalter is USATF level II certified in the jumps and sprints/hurdles. He was the secretary of the Ivy Coaches Association and is currently the third vice president of the IC4A Coaches Association.
A 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in History, Shoehalter captained the Quakers as a senior and was a scorer in the hurdles and the pentathlon at the Heptagonal Championships. He earned medals in the hurdles and was a member of the 4x400 relay team for the USA in the 1989 World Maccabiah Games. He resides in Stamford, Conn., with his wife Gina.