|Title:||Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field|
David Shoehalter enters his 16thyear as the men’s and women’s coach of the sprinters,hurdlers and jumpers. After beginning his career in 1989 as avolunteer assistant at his alma mater, Penn, he moved on toLafayette in 1990. In his four years at Lafayette, Coach“Shoe” established a preeminent hurdle and jumpsprogram for the Leopards. He guided numerous athletes toAll-Patriot League and all-East status, including currentmen’s assistant coach Marc Davis. In 1994, Shoehalter beganhis career with the Bulldogs, making an immediate impact on thesprints, hurdles and jumps.
Shoehalter has coached numerous Bulldogathletes to All-Ivy, All-East and All-American honors, includingYale's first IC4A champion in the hurdles since the 1970s andAll-American Jihad Beauchman ’06 in the high jump. UnderShoehalter’s guidance, many athletes have broken records inthe sprints, jumps and hurdles. Ten years ago, Shoehalter took overthe horizontal jumps, meeting with unprecedented success. Hementored Joslyn Woodard ’06 to eight consecutive Ivy longjump titles and a total of 20 career titles at the IvyChampionships.
As the track and field recruiting coordinator,Shoehalter brings a tireless enthusiasm and knowledge of the sportto the program. In 2000, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach ofmen's and women's track and field. His stated goal is to create aprogram that is competitive in all event areas and on all levels.Shoehalter is USATF level II certified in the jumps andsprints/hurdles. He was the secretary of the Ivy CoachesAssociation and is currently the third vice president of the IC4ACoaches Association.
A 1989 graduate of the University ofPennsylvania with a degree in History, Shoehalter captained theQuakers as a senior and was a scorer in the hurdles and thepentathlon at the Heptagonal Championships. He earned medals in thehurdles and was a member of the 4x400 relay team for the USA in the1989 World Maccabiah Games. He resides in Stamford, Conn., with hiswife Gina.