UW-Oshkosh Director of Athletics Darryl Sims announced Thursday (Sept. 24) the immediate restructuring of the school’s nationally recognized cross country and track & field programs.
In the new arrangement, Ben Dorsey will guide the men’s and women’s track & field teams, while Eamon McKenna will direct the men’s and women’s cross country squads. Both gentlemen are current UW-Oshkosh coaches.
Dorsey enters his fourth season as UW-Oshkosh’s head women’s track & field coach and his first as the school’s head men’s track & field coach. McKenna, who has guided the men’s track & field team the past three seasons, is in his fourth year as the Titans’ head men’s cross country coach and his first as the school’s head women’s cross country coach. McKenna will also serve as an assistant coach for both track & field programs.
Since UW-Oshkosh began sponsoring cross country and track & field at the intercollegiate level, the school has operated with separate men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs with separate head coaches. In the wake of head women’s cross country coach Drew Ludtke’s recent departure for a coaching position at the Virginia Military Institute, Sims elected to move Dorsey and McKenna into their new positions, a change that was scheduled to take place for them with the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
“The immediate transition to this new structure sets us on a path for continued growth and success of our cross country and track and field programs,” said Sims. “Ben and Eamon are extremely familiar with our vision and will provide the best opportunity for our student-athletes to have a championship experience.”
Dorsey, a two-time NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year award winner, led UW-Oshkosh to national indoor titles in 2013 and 2014. His 2015 indoor team and his 2013 and 2014 outdoor squads placed second in the country.
Dorsey’s women’s track & field teams have amassed 41 NCAA Division III All-America citations - 24 during the indoor season and 17 outdoors. The list includes 11 individual national indoor champions and nine national outdoor titlists. Dorsey has also coached the program to 33 WIAC event titles - 20 outdoors and 13 indoors.
Dorsey earned his bachelor's degree in recreation management from UW-La Crosse in 2005.
McKenna has coached one All-American, four runners to top-10 finishes at the WIAC Championship and three runners to top-10 showings at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional during his UW-Oshkosh men's cross country coaching career.
In 2014, McKenna's cross country squad placed fourth at the WIAC Championship and seventh at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional. During 2013, McKenna led the Titans to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship and third-place showings at both the WIAC Championship and the Midwest Regional.
McKenna competed for the UW-Oshkosh men’s cross country team from 1999 to 2002. The Titans captured conference, regional and national championships in 2002 while also winning the WIAC title in 2000.
McKenna was a member of the UW-Oshkosh men's track & field from 2000-04. He competed indoors from 2000-02 and again in 2004 and outdoors from 2000-03. UW-Oshkosh won the WIAC indoor title in 2001 and placed second at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship in both 2001 and 2003.
McKenna received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 2004 and his master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in 2008.