Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Patrick Wales-Dinan joins the Blue Devil coaching staff in 2011-12 as an assistant women's cross country coach under the direction of head coach Kevin Jermyn, as well as an assistant coach for the men's and women's track & field teams.
Wales-Dinan comes to Duke from Williams College, where he was an assistant for the Ephs' cross country teams and the distance coach for the women's track & field program from 2009-11.
At Williams, Wales-Dinan tutored four All-Americans and one NCAA Div. III national champion in Jennifer Gossels, who won titles in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events in the spring of 2011. Last spring also saw him become the first coach in NCAA Div. III history to oversee four NCAA Championship qualifiers in the women's 10,000m. That group of women ran the second, fourth, sixth and seventh-fastest 10,000m times in Williams College history.
Wales-Dinan also helped to guide the Ephs' cross country teams to consecutive NCAA Div. III Championship appearances, including a runner-up finish for the men's squad in the fall of 2009. He coached Gossels to NCAA Regional Athlete of the Year accolades and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Div. III Championships, the second-highest finish ever by a Williams woman.
A native of Duxbury, Vt., Wales-Dinan was a two-time All-New England runner and state champion in the 800m at Bates College. He was also a member of Bates' 2004 NCAA Div. III Cross Country Championship-qualifying team.
After graduating from Bates in 2005, Wales-Dinan served as the head coach of the cross country and track & field teams at Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine from 2005-08. At Traip, he helped his athletes qualify for the NSIC meet in New York and led the cross country teams to top-five finishes at the state meet for two consecutive seasons. In 2008-09, Wales-Dinan was the assistant coach for women's cross country and track & field at the University of Southern Maine, where he helped the Huskies win their ninth-consecutive LEC and Alliance League titles. Wales-Dinan also served as the meet director for the 2008 Maine State Cross Country Championships.
Wales-Dinan is certified USATF Level II: Endurance Events.
He graduated from Bates College in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics.