David Shoehalter
David Shoehalter

2005-06 is David Shoehalter's 12th year as the mentor of Yale'ssprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. After beginning his career as avolunteer assistant at his Alma Mater, the University ofPennsylvania in 1989, he moved on to Lafayette College in 1990. Inhis four years at Lafayette, Coach "Shoe," established a preeminenthurdle and jumps program for the Leopards. He guided numerousathletes to all-Patriot League and all-East status. Includingcurrent Yale assistant Marc Davis. In 1994 Shoehalter embarked onhis career at Yale and his presence made an immediate impact on theBulldogs sprints, hurdles and jumps groups. In his first eightyears he has coached numerous athletes to all-Ivy and all-Easthonors including Yale's first IC4A champion in the Hurdles sincethe early 1970's. Yale's sprints, jumps and hurdles record book hasbeen virtually rewritten under Shoehalter's guidance. Five yearsago, Shoehalter took over the horizontal jumps group and hisathletes have since earned 20 All-Ivy honors and 14 All-East honorsin those events, with Six NCAA provisional qualifiers. As the trackand field recruiting coordinator, he brings a tireless enthusiasmand knowledge of the sport to the program. In 2000 Shoehalter waspromoted to Associate Head Coach of Men's and Women's Track andField. His stated goal is to create a program that is competitivein all event areas and on all levels. Shoehalter is USATF level IIcertified in the Jumps and Sprints/Hurdles. He is the secretary ofthe Heptagonal Coaches Association and serves on the IC4A jury ofappeals. A 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with adegree in History, Shoehalter captained the Quakers as a senior andwas a scorer in the hurdles and the pentathlon at the HeptagonalChampionships. He earned medals in the hurdles and as a member ofthe 4X400 relay team, for the USA in the 1989 World MaccabiahGames. He resides in Stamford, Connecticut with his wife Gina.

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