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Shoehalter, Director of Cross Country and Track and Field at Yale, Announces Retirement

New Haven, Conn. – Yale Athletics has announced that David Shoehalter, Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, is retiring at the completion of the season.


"I want to thank Shoe for his service and commitment to our student-athletes, our department, and our university over the past 30 years," said Victoria M. "Vicky" Chun, Thomas A. Beckett Director of Athletics. "He has been the consummate professional and an incredible colleague. I wish him the absolute best moving forward."


Shoehalter assumed the position of director in December 2010 following the retirement of storied Yale coach Mark T. Young. Shoehalter had been with Yale's track and field program since 1994 as an assistant coach and focused primarily on the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers on both the men's and women's teams.

The Bulldogs' men's cross country team had their highest finish in 2015 (third), while the women's sides highest finish was in 2015 and 2016 (second). The men's indoor squad had their highest finish in 2017 and then 2020 (fourth), while the women's sides highest finish came in 2015 and 2022 (sixth). The men's outdoor team had their highest finish (fifth) in 2011, while the women's highest finish was in 2022 (seventh).


Under Shoehalter's direction, there have been a number of student-athletes who have achieved a high-level of success including multiple All-Ivy, All-East and All-American honorees. While an assistant, he coached Yale's first IC4A champion in the hurdles since the 1970s. Under his guidance, Joslyn Woodard '06 won eight consecutive titles and a total of 20 career titles at the Ivy League's Heptagonal Championships.


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