The 2014 DIII Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year: Benjamin Dorsey

CaptainU’s Winter 2014 College Coaches of the Year were just announced and we want you to “meet” the coaches themselves.

Meet Benjamin Dorsey, selected by our committee as the Coach of the Year for Women’s Track and Field at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. He lead his team to win first-place at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship.

Congratulations Coach Dorsey on your award and on an incredible season!!

How did you get into coaching your sport?

Long story short, I tore my ACL my senior year of football at UW-La Crosse. I helped coach the sprinters that spring at UW-La Crosse as I rehabbed my knee. I moved back home to the Oshkosh area after graduating and volunteered at UW-Oshkosh for 2 years. After 2 years, an assistant position opened up and Deb Vercauteren and John Zupanc graciously gave me a shot. That is how I got my shot at UW-Oshkosh.

What do you like most about being a coach?

My favorite aspect of coaching is watching the athletes develop as people throughout their career. Most are timid and shy when they come in as freshmen and leave leaders ready to make a difference in the world.

What are you most proud of from this past season?

I was extremely happy with how the team came together. This is a fun and positive group to coach. They learned how to compete and respond to any obstacles that got in their way. The way they responded at Nationals was unbelievable!

Indoor Track and Field Championships

(Pictured: 1st place UW-Oshkosh women’s track & field team at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship)

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