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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 reins 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.

Ricks pulled off a rare trifecta in 2017-18, as the was recognized as the MIAC's Coach of the Year for cross country, indoor track and field, as well as outdoor track and field.  This was only the third time in recorded MIAC history that an individual won all three coaching awards during the same academic year.

He has led the Knights to top-five finishes six times at the MIAC Indoor Championships and four times at the MIAC Outdoor Championships. Since Ricks took over the program, the Knights have seen 13 All-America performances and a total of 120 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 & field head coach Donna Ricks, reside in Northfield with their daughter.


Assistant Coach SteveSteve Dalhed, Headshot Dalhed
Phone: (507) 222-7150

Steve Dalhed joined the Knights’ coaching staff in 2012, working with both the men’s cross country and track and field programs. He served as the Knights' interim head coach during both the 2017 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons while head coach Dave Ricks was on sabbatical. 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.


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 Outdoor Track and Field Assistant Coach-of-the-Year in 2016 and again in 2018. He was a distance runner at UW-La Crosse and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Geology/Earth Science.




Erik Diley, men's track and field headshotAssistant Coach Erik Diley

Erik Diley was added to the Knights' staff prior to the 2017 season to coach jumps. He previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the track program at the University of St. Thomas. A Wisconsin high school state champion in the long jump, Diley graduated from Saint John’s University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He was a three-time All-American in track and field, won multiple conference titles in the jumps, and was twice selected as the MIAC Championships Outstanding Valuable Field Athlete. He is a USATF level II certified jumps and vaults coach.




Bill Huyck, Men's Track and Field HeadshotAssistant Coach Bill Huyck

Bill Huyck ’53 has been a part-time assistant coach with the Knights since 1999, focusing most recently on the javelin where he tutored Kelly Lovett to the 2011 NCAA title in the event. Huyck coached men’s cross country at Carleton from 1958-1983, including the 1980 NCAA Division III Championship squad which earned the only team-sport national title in College history. He also guided the men’s track and field program from 1959-1984. During that time, Carleton teams earned 16 Midwest Conference cross country championships, two indoor track, and four outdoor track titles.