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Michael Sanders and Dave Ricks, Track and Field

Head Coach Dave Ricks, men's track and field

Head Coach Dave Ricks

Dave Ricks took over the reigns of the men's track and field program prior to the 2004 season. He also serves as Carleton's head men's cross country coach and is an associate professor in the physical education, athletics and recreation department.

He has led the Knights to top-five finishes three times at the MIAC Indoor Championships and twice at the MIAC Outdoor Championships. Since Ricks took over the program, the Knights have seen five All-America performances, a total of 54 All-MIAC performances, nine MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week honors, and two All-MIAC Outstanding Athlete Awards.

In Ricks's first season as head coach the Knights captured four individual outdoor titles, including Matt Hooley’s ’04 astounding trifecta in the 1,500-, 5,000-, and 10,000-meter runs. Hooley later qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. At the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Steve Harris ’06 finished third in the 5,000-meter run. Tom Ballinger '09 earned All-America honors for three straight years in the 400-meter hurdles. His best finish was a third-place showing at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Ricks, formerly an assistant coach for the Carleton women's track and field and cross country teams for 12 years, is a 1976 graduate of Union College (N.Y.), where he earned his B.S. in mathematics and his M.S. in computer science. Ricks was a two-sport All-American, specializing in the decathlon in track and field. He earned All-America honors in the decathlon in 1975 and was also an Academic All-America defensive back for Union in 1973.

During his time with the Carleton women’s cross country and track and field program, Ricks has helped the Knights finish in the top three at the MIAC Cross Country Championships 11 times in 14 seasons, including winning the 2004 MIAC title and adding back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2002. The women’s cross country team finished 11th at the 2004 NCAA Championships and was ranked in the top 25 the entire season.

Ricks has been involved with collegiate track and field either as a competitor or coach for the last 33 years. He has completed USA Track and Field's Level I Certification program for coaches.

Ricks earned a M.S. in computer science and an MBA from Minnesota Statue University-Mankato. He also studied exercise physiology at the graduate level while at MSU-Mankato.  

He and his wife, Carleton head women's cross country and track and field head coach Donna Ricks, reside in Northfield with their daughter, Karissa.


Assistant Coach Steven Dalhed
Alma Mater, Year: Saint John's University, 2005
Years at School: First

Steven Dalhed joins the coaching staff of the Knights program in 2012. As a sprinter for Saint John’s University, Dalhed was a MIAC Champion and an NCAA Qualifier in the 4-by-400 meter relay. He holds 4 school records: the Indoor 200, the Indoor 400, the outdoor 4x400 and the 4x400 split.  He coached men’s and women’s sprints, hurdles, and jumps at Augsburg College for five seasons from 2008 to 2012, where he coached nine NCAA Qualifiers. Dalhed graduated from Saint John’s in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, before going on to get his Master’s of Applied Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Dalhed lives in Lakeville with his wife, Becky, and their son Miles.