Notre Dame Track & Field | May 20, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Joe Piane (pea-AH-nee) -- a two-time national cross country coach of the year, tutor of 189 Irish All-Americans and a longtime fixture on the University of Notre Dame campus as head coach of the Irish men's cross country and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field programs -- has announced his retirement after 39 seasons in those roles.
Piane will step down June 30 following the end of the 2014 Irish outdoor track and field season. He leaves having concluded the second-longest tenure of any Notre Dame athletic coach in history -- behind only former Irish baseball coach Jake Kline's 42 seasons (1934-75).
The Irish track and field teams compete at an NCAA preliminary qualifying meet May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla., and finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed playing a part in the growth and the accomplishments of Notre Dame track and field and cross country over a long period of time," says Piane.