OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Dave Berdan, who has served as Stevenson University's head men's and women's cross country coach as well as an assistant with the Mustang track and field teams, will now take over as head coach of track and field, effective immediately. He will continue to serve as the cross country head coach.
"I am extremely excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to lead both the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams here at Stevenson. I want to thank (Director of Athletics) Brett Adams and (Executive Vice President) Tim Campbell for giving me this opportunity," said Berdan, who enters his fifth year at Stevenson in 2018-19.
"I look forward to continuing to build upon the successes our amazing student-athletes have had both on and off of the track. The student-athletes and coaching staff have some big goals and I am thrilled to help them achieve those goals."
"We are excited that Dave will be taking over as head coach of the Mustang track teams in addition to his duties as head cross country coach," said Stevenson Director of Athletics Brett Adams. "I have no doubt that Dave will continue to build and keep our track and cross country programs towards the top of the Middle Atlantic Conference as well as the region."
Berdan, who was named the USTFCCCA Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in men's outdoor track this past spring, takes over a Mustang program coming off its best-ever season. The Stevenson men captured both the MAC indoor and outdoor championships, while the Mustang women placed second at both meets, their highest-ever finish. The men also captured the ECAC indoor crown, and had two NCAA national qualifiers in outdoor track and field.
As head coach of the cross country programs, Berdan guided the Mustang men to a second place finish at the 2017 MAC Championship and a seventh place finish at the NCAA Mideast regional. Junior Langston Gash and sophomore Patrick Watson became Stevenson's first-ever NCAA national qualifiers. For the women, junior Kelly Winklbauer placed fifth at the MAC Championship, the highest-ever finish for a Stevenson runner. Berdan recently wrapped up a two-year stint as a member of the USTFCCCA Division III Executive Committee for women's cross country
A professional distance runner, Berdan is a two-time winner of the Baltimore Marathon (2013, 2015) and has captured several other high-profile races, most recently winning the Baltimore 10-Miler for the second straight year earlier this June.
Berdan is a 2004 graduate of Elizabethtown College, where he was an accomplished cross country and distance runner, qualifying for NCAA nationals all four years in cross country, as well as a two-time All-American in track. He was inducted into Elizabethtown's Hall of Fame in 2016.
Berdan and his wife, Amanda, live in Owings Mills with their two boys, Evan and Colin.