University of Wyoming head track and field coach Bryan Berryhill announced on Thursday the promotion of Scott Dahlberg to head cross-country coach.
Dahlberg spent the last two seasons as the UW men’s cross-country coach and the men’s distance coach for track and field.
“We’re excited to announce coach Dahlberg’s promotion to the head coach of our men’s and women’s cross-country programs,” Berryhill said. “Coach Dahlberg has been highly successful as an assistant coach, and I’m excited to watch him continue to build on this success as a head coach.”
The 2018-19 season was almost unparalleled success for the men’s cross-country team. It returned to the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 1986, was ranked in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association national poll for the first time in program history and defeated numerous nationally-ranked teams. The Cowboys were ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation before finishing 12th at the national championships.
“I am very excited to work with the cross-country and distance teams as a unified program here at Wyoming,” Dahlberg said. “In working with combined men’s and women’s programs for nine years previously, I find great value in the unified vision and team cohesion. I appreciate the support and trust from Bryan and the Wyoming administration in this transition, and I look forward to the future of this crew.”
During the cross-country season last fall, Dahlberg helped guide Paul Roberts to a pair of race wins, including the Mountain West individual championship that earned Roberts the MW Men’s Cross-Country Athlete of the Year. Roberts also earned All-America, All-Region and first team All-MW honors. Christopher Henry and Harry Ewing each earned All-Region and second team All-MW honors during the season. At the NCAA National Championships, Henry earned the NCAA Elite 90 award as the top academic participant of a championship-level meet.
“I’ve been fortunate during my career, as an athlete and coach, to be around some great distance minds and I can tell you Scott Dahlberg is up there with the best,” Berryhill said. “We look forward to him working with our student-athletes in this new capacity, and continuing to build on prior years’ successes in the classroom and in competition.”
As the men’s distance crew transitioned to track and field season, Dahlberg’s athletes recorded 10 marks on various Wyoming all-time top-10 lists, including the indoor 3,000-meter school record set by Henry and the outdoor steeplechase school record set by Ewing. Both Henry and Ewing competed at the NCAA West Preliminary for the second consecutive season. During the indoor season, Henry earned a pair of All-MW honors in the 3,000 and 5,000 distances, before earning an All-MW accolade in the outdoor 10,000 race.
In his first season at Wyoming, Dahlberg guided five runners to the NCAA West Preliminaries. Ricky Faure, Daniel Hintz, Michael Downey, Henry and Ewing all competed in middle-distance or distance races at the penultimate meet of the season. Additionally, Ewing earned All-MW honors when he placed third in the 3,000 steeplechase at the MW outdoor championships.
Dahlberg joined Wyoming after five years at Colorado State, where he helped coach athletes to nine All-American honors in track and field and two All-American honors in cross-country while helping elevate the Rams’ distance and cross-country units to a status of national recognition. He also coordinated recruiting efforts for Colorado State track and field.
Before his five years in Fort Collins, Colorado, Dahlberg spent four seasons in Gunnison, Colorado, as a coach at his alma mater Western State Colorado University. During his time at Western State, Dahlberg assisted in coaching a Division II national championship team in cross-country as well as four national runner-up squads. He also assisted in coaching athletes to 76 Division II All-American honors.
As an athlete, Dahlberg earned two All-American honors in cross-country and three All-American honors in track and field before he graduated from Western State in 2008 with honors in mathematics, secondary education and exercise sports science. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State University.
As a post-collegiate runner, Dahlberg won the Bolder Boulder 10-kilometer in 2014 and placed 14th at the USATF Outdoor Championships in the 5,000 that year. Dahlberg is also a Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile Winner.