PHILADELPHIA - Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Steve Dolan announced the newest addition to the University of Pennsylvania track and field staff on Thursday. Former Montclair State head coach and North Carolina standout Porscha Dobson will serve as the sprints and hurdles coach for both the men's and women's programs.
"Porscha is a great addition to our staff," Dolan said. "She was a track star and great competitor during her high school career in New Jersey and throughout her collegiate career at North Carolina. And it has been fun to watch her evolve into such a tremendous coach. She made great strides with the program at Montclair State, has great technical knowledge, excellent organization, and her athletes really respond to her leadership."
Dobson comes to Philadelphia after taking over as the women's head coach at Montclair State University in 2009. In three years, Coach Dobson's Red Hawks boasted a national champion, a Regional Track Athlete of the Year, two NCAA All-Americans, four individual national championship appearances, five national qualifiers, 11 school records, 20 conference champions, one NJAC Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year, three NJAC Track Athletes of the Year, four NJAC Rookies of the Year, two Montclair State Athlete of the Year awards and two USTFCCCA Academic All-America honors in addition to five NJAC honor roll selections and over 75 all-conference honors.
In just her second season, Dobson was recognized by her peers as the NJAC Outdoor Coach of the Year for the 2011 season.
Prior to Montclair State, Dobson served as a volunteer assistant at Seton Hall University where she worked primarily with the hurdlers in 2008-2009. At the 2009 Penn Relays, Dobson led the shuttle hurdle relay to a first-place finish in the ECAC section and third overall in the Championship of America.
One of the top hurdlers in the history of New Jersey high school track and field, Dobson took her talents to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served two years as a team captain for the Tar Heels. She received All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as she helped UNC to two ACC Championships. Dobson was a finalist in the 2006 Millrose Games as she etched her name into UNC records books among the top five hurdlers in school history. As a versatile athlete, Dobson also showcased her talent as a solid member of the 4x400 relay team.
Dobson dominated the high school scene at Kent Place School in Summit, N.J., where she was a two-time All-American and New Jersey Athlete of the Year. She recorded the second-best 55-meter hurdle time in state history (7.96) and third-best 100-meter hurdle time (13.50). She earned numerous first team all-State and all-Conference honors and won the state championship in the 55 and 100 hurdles in 2003.
Dobson is a USATF Level I Certified Track and Field coach. She earned her degree in Communications and Media studies from North Carolina in 2008. Originally from Roselle, New Jersey, Dobson currently resides in Philadelphia.