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Dunbar named assistant track & field, cross country coach

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

uva track and fieldVirginia director of track & field and cross country Vin Lananna announced the addition of Trevor Dunbar to the Cavaliers’ coaching staff as an assistant coach for distance runners.

Dunbar spent the last season as an assistant coach at California where he coached the Golden Bears’ distance competitors. Prior to that, he worked for two seasons at Florida State as an operations assistant with the distance program.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Trevor Dunbar to our exciting team of UVA coaches,” Lananna said. “His experience as an outstanding student-athlete, coach and recruiter in the ACC and Pac-12 will be an asset to the UVA family. He understands my coaching system and he will thrive in the Charlottesville community.”

Dunbar’s coaching resume includes a year of experience as a volunteer assistant at Boston University in 2018-19. He previously served as a volunteer coach at his alma mater – Oregon – from 2014 to 2016.

The hire reunites Dunbar with Lananna, his collegiate coach at the start of his career at Oregon. He helped the Ducks to a pair of NCAA track & field championships (2014), grabbing five All-American honors while establishing collegiate-bests of 3:38.38 in the 1,500-meters, 7:51.55 in the 3,000-meters, 13:26.90 in the 5,000-meters and 28:52.39 in the 10,000-meters.

“I am beyond excited to join Coach Lananna’s staff at Virginia,” Dunbar said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know these exceptional student-athletes and helping them develop as leaders in sport and life. I cannot wait to get to Charlottesville to get to work.”

A native of Kodiak, Alaska, his decorated running career includes seven high school state championships and multiple state records. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at the University of Portland, where he earned two cross country All-American honors while competing for the Pilots (2009-11) before transferring to Oregon where he graduated with a degree in business administration.

As a professional runner, Dunbar first ran representing Nike Inc. (2014-17) before moving on to the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) in 2018, running both at national and international competitions. Dunbar has represented Team USA both in cross country and on the track.

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