Porscha Dobson enters her fourth season as the sprints and hurdles coach for the Penn men's and women's track & field programs in 2015-16.
In her first three seasons at Penn, Dobson has guided three Quakers to a combined six NCAA Championship appearances. Her athletes have amassed four All-Ivy accolades, and among the 28 new marks in the record books and two school records she has overseen, the three fastest women in program history (Lydia Ali, Taylor McCorkle and Heather Bong in the 100 meters) are all Dobson proteges.
Dobson came 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.
In 2012, Dobson led the Red Hawks to their highest finish ever with fourth place showings at the indoor and outdoor conference championships. Dobson also guided sophomore Heather Gearity to a Division III national championship in the 400-meter hurdles after previously leading her to a runner-up finish in the same event in 2011. Gearity, a two-time All American and USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year, was the number one ranked 400-hurdler and held the ninth-fastest 400-hurdle time in DIII history. An eight-time NJAC Champion, Gearity holds two NJAC meet records and five school records.
Highlighted athletes of Coach Dobson’s blooming career include Gearity, Ashadaya Patterson, was the 2010 NJAC Rookie of the Year, and Krystal Ellis, who was the 2011 NJAC Rookie of the Year. Patterson was a two-time NCAA qualifier and six-time NJAC champion. Ellis placed 11th in the pentathlon at the NCAA Championships.
In 2011, Dobson’s 4x400 relay team, consisting of Patterson, Ellis, Michelle McNulty and Gearity, became the best in Montclair State and NJAC Championship meet history. The relay also surfaced the national scene, becoming one of the best among all DIII colleges and universities. The 4x400 relay team, which set the outdoor NJAC record, became indoor and outdoor NJAC Champions for the first time in over 10 years. The team also broke the 19-year old indoor and 23-year-old outdoor school record. During the outdoor regular season, the 4x400 relay team was undefeated head to head against all Division III schools.
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 and is USTFCCCA Certified in the combined (multi) events. She earned her degree in Communications and Media studies from North Carolina in 2008. Originally from Roselle, New Jersey, Dobson currently resides in Philadelphia.
|Position:||Assistant Coach - Short Sprints/Hurdles|
|Alma Mater:||North Carolina|