Lauren Chval | July 21, 2014
Alan Turner, the University of Notre Dame's associate head track and field coach the last two years and a member of the Irish staff for four seasons, has been named the new head coach of track and field and cross country at the University.
Turner takes over for Joe Piane who retired in May just prior to the end of his 39th season as Irish track and field and cross country coach. Piane had been the longest-tenured head coach on the Notre Dame athletics staff. Turner originally joined the Irish program in September 2010. After serving as an assistant coach for two years, he was elevated to associate head track and field coach in October 2012 while continuing to oversee the training of all Irish sprinters and hurdlers.
Turner becomes the third Notre Dame assistant to merit elevation to an Irish head coaching slot in the last two years -- joining Ryan Sachire in men's tennis (he served his first season as head coach in 2013-14, replacing the retired Bobby Bayliss) and Matt Tallman in men's swimming (he takes over in 2014-15 following the retirement of Tim Welsh).