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Mars track and field coach ready to tackle college challenge

| Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 8:49 p.m.

After more than a decade of helping cultivate the sports of track and field, cross country and speed training in the northern region of Pittsburgh, Dale Boring, the head coach of the Mars track and field and cross country teams, will be dashing off to the college level.

In January, Boring was hired by Washington & Jefferson College to be the head coach of its track and field and cross-country programs.

“I am ecstatic,” Boring said. “I know some of the football coaches there, and they told me about the opening. I applied in November, and it took a while to go through the process.”

Boring got into coaching to make a difference in the lives of young athletes, so his focus was on coaching at the high school level and running his Get F.A.S.T. camps to increase the skill of local youths. However, when the college opportunity presented itself, it was too good to pass up.

“Coach Boring has a proven track record in helping to develop young talent in both cross country and track and field,” said Bill Dukett, director of athletics at W&J. “With his experience as a scholastic coach and his training academy, I am confident in his ability to continue the recent success our program has achieved.”

Part of Boring's resume includes seven sprint event school record holders and the 2010 Section 4 Class AAA Champion girls' track team at Knoch High School; 23 total PIAA qualifiers at Mars, and his girls' team earned a WPIAL Class AA championship.

The 2012 Mars boys' cross country team took silver at the WPIAL championships. In 2013, he guided the Mars track and field team to its first playoff appearance and helped three student-athletes set school records.

Boring has helped so many high school athletes improve and his camps have helped more than 10,000 student-athletes since 1999. He also held speed camps for 58 high school football teams, and those camps helped produce two PIAA championship teams, a PIAA runner-up squad and 18 district championship teams.

Boring is at W&J working on getting his program started. He plans to relocate to Washington, which is 47 miles from his home in Adams Ridge.

Boring said he will bring a passion, dedication and discipline to the programs, and he wants to get the teams winning PAC championships.

“I look forward to getting good things going at W&J,” he said.

Boring holds a bachelor's degree (1994) and a master's degree (1997) from Slippery Rock University and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him atjeclark@tribweb.com.

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