Doug Soles - Great Oak (CA)
This year is Doug’s 18th season as a head cross country & track coach in Southern California.
He has led his Girls’ XC teams to 10 league titles in the first 13 years of the school, including 9 straight from 2008-2016. His girls have qualified to CIF all 13 years, making CIF Finals 12 out of those 13 times. The girls’ team has won eight CIF Southern Section Division 1 XC Titles (09, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17), as well as State Runner up in 2009, and seven Division 1 State Championships in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has also had 3 girls teams podium (2, 3, 3) at NXN. His boy’s xc teams have won 6 league titles, 3 CIF SS Southern Section titles, and were the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Division 1 State Champions. The boys 2015 team was also the NXN National Champions. His combined cross country program usually has around 130-180 athletes on it, with various training groups and levels. Coach Soles was named the California Coaches Association Girls Cross Country Coach of the year for 2012, and the Girls CA Coach of the Year in 2014 & 2015 by the USATFCCCA. In 2015 he was also named Boys State and National Coach of the Year by the USATFCCCA.
His girls’ track program has 7 league titles in the school’s short history as well. He has consistently built some of the largest and most competitive track teams in the country, making cuts to around 300 athletes each season. In the 2014 track season, he had 3 girls break 4:50 for the 1600 in the same race, going 4:44, 4:45, and 4:48! His girls 4x1600 team ran 19:52 in 2016 which is #3 all-time US. His boys relay teams also put up some amazing numbers in 2016; 4x800 - 7:35, 4x1600 – 16:52 (NATIONAL RECORD at the time), DMR – 10:01. His boy’s teams have won 5 Mt. SAC Relays titles in track (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) While his girls have won 2 (2015 & 2016). His boys have won 3 boys Southwestern League Titles and 2 CIF SS D1 Titles (2013 & 2016). In the 2016 season, he had 4 boys run 4:10 or better for 1600 (4:04, 4:05, 4:08, 4:10). He averages 40+ girls under 6:00 for 1600, and 40+ boys under 5:00 per season over the last few track seasons. His 2015-16 teams were arguably the deepest and most competitive XC/distance teams in US History. Coach Soles was named the 2016 USA Today Boys National Track & Field Coach of the Year, and 2017 Boys CA Track & Field Coach of the Year.
Dan Iverson - Naperville North (IL)
- Assistant Girls’ XC Coach 1994-95, Head Girls’ XC Coach 1996-present
- Head Girls’ Track and Field Coach 1995-2003, 2017-present, Assistant Girls’ Track and Field Coach 2004-2016
- Won seven state cross country championships (2001, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017)
- Earned trophies (top three) at Illinois State Meet 15 times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- Coached 33 All-State XC Runners
- Coached multiple All-State Track Athletes, including State Champion 4x800m relay (2015) and Judy Pendergast as State Champion in the 3200m (2015) and in XC (2015)
- Earned 7 berths at NXN (2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)
- 2017 Girls NXN Runner-Up
Joan Hunter - Loudoun Valley (VA)
Joan and her husband, Marc, are in their 4th year of coaching cross country at Loudoun Valley HS, in Purcellville, VA. For 10 years in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Joan coached at James Madison HS and South Lakes HS, where she and Marc had the privilege of being Alan Webb’s 9th grade coaches. During this time, they coached numerous state qualifiers and a handful of state champion relays and individuals.
After an 8 year hiatus from coaching while raising their many kids, Joan and Marc started a youth running club, NOVA Athletic Club, which enabled them to be involved in the sport without the huge time demands of high school coaching. However, once their son Drew began running in 9th grade, the Hunters saw his potential and wanted to ensure he would have every opportunity to develop, so they began volunteering at Loudoun Valley and eventually took over the distance program spring of Drew’s sophomore year.
The Hunters have led the Viking boys XC team to 3 consecutive state team titles, and 3 Viking boys (Drew Hunter, Peter Morris, Sam Affolder) have won the last 6 individual state titles. In 2017, the Viking boys scored 15 points at their state meet- something no Virginia team has ever done. That team went on to win the 2017 Nike Cross Nationals. Drew Hunter qualified for Foot Locker in 2014 and 2015, winning in 2015. Last year, Peter Morris qualified for NXN. The Viking girls have been state runners-up in XC for the last four years, have had one individual state champion (Natalie Morris, 2017) and have had one individual girl, Ciara Donohue, qualify for Foot Locker in 2014. In track, the Viking boys have won 2 outdoor state team titles. Last year, in Loudoun Valley’s first full official indoor track season, the Viking boys were state runners-up. Other important wins include the 2016 NB indoor nationals DMR and the 2016 Penn Relays DMR.