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Track & Field Announces Hiring of Two Assistant Coaches

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HANOVER, N.H. – It was announced Friday afternoon that Tim Wunderlich ’09 and Jeff Forino have been added to the Dartmouth track & field coaching staff as assistants for the 2014-15 season.

Dartmouth and the Hanover community are not new to either Wunderlich or Forino. Wunderlich was a four-year letterwinner with the Big Green from 2005-09, serving as a team captain during his senior season. Forino returns to the Upper Valley after more than a decade away following a stint as a Big Green assistant coach with track & field as well as strength and conditioning in 2002-03.

Forino will replace former assistant coach Michelle Clayton, working with the throws group, while Wunderlich will fill the position left by Moose Akanno and coach individuals in multis and jumps events.

A 1995 graduate of Keene State College, Forino had served as the men’s track & field head coach at Hillsdale since August 2011 before returning to Dartmouth. Prior to his appointment to lead the Chargers’ program three years ago, he had served as an associate head coach for eight seasons.

While at Hillsdale, Forino also worked with the strength and conditioning program, designing and implementing workouts for more than 10 sports to improve speed, agility and conditioning. Before his 13-month stint in Hanover, Forino spent time at Springfield College (2000-02), working as an assistant with the men’s and women’s track & field teams while pursuing his master’s degree in athletic administration.

In his career, Forino has coached more than 40 All-Americans, including the 2010 Division II Indoor National Champion in the weight throw.

"We are very excited to add Jeff to the Dartmouth coaching staff and to welcome him back to the Upper Valley,” Marjorie and Herbert Chase ’30 Head Coach of Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Barry Harwick ’77 said.  “He will do a great job with our throws group and I am sure they will respond well to his coaching technique and instruction. Jeff’s vast experience and success as the head coach of Hillsdale will serve him well. His knowledge of Dartmouth as a former coach with our program and in working with Bob Miller in strength and conditioning will allow him to hit the ground running."

Like Forino, Wunderlich’s hiring will be a homecoming of sorts for the 2009 graduate with a degree in human biology. As a student-athlete, the Warminster, Maryland, native was an Ivy League champion in the decathlon as a junior and was honored with the Everett L. Palmer Award as a senior for his contributions to the program.

As a member of the Big Green, Wunderlich was also a 2008 Academic All-Ivy League selection and was three-time second team all-conference student-athlete between javelin and the decathlon.

Upon his graduation, Wunderlich went on to serve as a volunteer assistant coach at Johns Hopkins (2009-10), a graduate assistant coach at Central Missouri (2010-12) and, most recently, as an assistant at Marietta since August 2012. While in Ohio the last two years, he worked closely with all individuals in the jumps and multis events as well as javelin throwers.

"Tim was an outstanding member of the track and field team as an undergraduate and we are very happy to have him back with the program,” Harwick said. “His personal experience as a decathlete and coaching stints at Johns Hopkins, Central Missouri and Marietta have prepared him well to lead our jumps group. I look forward to working with him as he returns to Dartmouth."