July 14, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – A coaching transition was made at Dakota State University in track & field program. Anthony Drealan will become Dakota State University's next head women's & men's track & field coach, succeeding long-time coach Buzz Stevenson who retired last spring.
Drealan is no stranger to Dakota State. He currently serves as the head coach for the Trojan cross country teams and was a former DSU All-American runner. He graduated from Dakota State in 2011.
In the past three years, Drealan's distance runners enjoyed impressive performances at the national level. Under Drealan's guidance, Michael Hoffman capped off his senior season as he claimed the North Star/Midlands Cross Country conference individual champion and earned NAIA All-American status at the 2014 NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in full marathon. It marked the second straight year that DSU had an All-American runner in men's marathon (Nic Penning with a second place finish in 2013).
Drealan also guided Andy Coy who won 1000-meter run national championship in the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track & Field national meet. Coy was the first male national champion in Dakota State University history. In addition, Drealan helped Matthew Fideler become a national runner-up at the 2012 Indoor Track Nationals in the mile run.
Coy came back in 2013 to finish as runner-up in the 1000-meter run at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. Drealan's 4 x 800-meter women's relay team had great success as well, qualifying for the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track national meet.
Drealan, a native of Fulda, Minn., received a bachelor's degree in Business Education at DSU. While at Dakota State, he competed for the Trojan cross country and track teams where he held numerous school records. Drealan was a two-time NAIA All-American and helped DSU win its first-ever Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) championship in cross country during the fall of 2009.
While as an assistant coach in cross country and primarily middle and long distances in track after his graduation at DSU, Drealan completed his master's degree in Human Performance and Physical Education from Adams State University (Colo.) in June of 2013.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director