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Dave Ricks, men's cross country action

Dave Ricks, men's cross country

Head Coach Dave Ricks
(507) 222-7808

Dave Ricks took over the reins of the men's cross country program prior to the 2007 season. He also serves as Carleton's head men's track and field coach—a position he has held since 2004—and is an associate professor in the physical education, athletics and recreation department.

Under his direction the Knights qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2007, 2013, and 2014.

Since 2007, the program has had 3 NCAA Championship individual qualifiers, 2 All-Americans, 16 All-Region runners, and 21 All-MIAC performances.

Ricks previously served as an assistant coach for the Carleton women's track and field and cross country programs from 1993-2005 and was the assistant men’s cross country coach for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

A 1976 graduate of Union College (N.Y.), 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-American for Union in 1973. 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.


Steve Dalhed, HeadshotAssistant Coach Steve Dalhed
Phone: (507) 222-7808

Steve Dalhed joined the Knights’ coaching staff in 2012, working with both the men’s cross country and track and field programs. As a sprinter for Saint John’s University (Minn.), Dalhed was a MIAC Champion and an NCAA Qualifier in the 4x400 meter relay and established four 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.


Josh Schoen, men's cross country headshotAssistant Coach Josh Schoen

Josh Schoen joined the Knights in 2008 as an assistant coach for both the men’s cross country and track and field programs. He was selected as the U.S. track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Men’s Track and Field Assistant Coach-of-the-Year in 2016. He was a distance runner at UW-La Crosse and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Geology/Earth Science.