PHILADELPHIA - Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Steve Dolan announced former Quaker and school record holder Claire Hewitt as the Director of Operations for the men's and women's track and field teams at Penn on Monday. In addition to holding the newly-appointed position, Hewitt will also serve as an assistant distance coach for the Quakers.
"We are extremely excited to have someone of Claire's pedigree to step into this new position," Dolan said. "This is a huge addition to our staff, and the experience that Claire brings is invaluable. She has an extensive background as a coach as well as all the skills associated with running the day-to-day operations of a track and field program. With her comprehensive knowledge of Penn, the Ivy League and Philadelphia, she is a perfect fit for us, and we are lucky to have her back at Penn."
"It is great to come home again," Hewitt said."I loved my time here at Penn and this opportunity was a no-brainer for me. The program has been improving every year under Coach Dolan and you can tell the momentum is building. It has been exciting to watch, and now I'm excited to be a part of it."
Hewitt spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach of the Saint Joseph's women's cross country and track teams. She held the day-to-day coaching responsibilities of the women's cross country team since 2012. During her stint with the Hawks, she worked with 32 individual ECAC qualifiers, 13 relay qualifiers, and an NCAA Regional qualifier (steeplechase). Her athletes set school records in the indoor distance medley relay, indoor 4x800, steeplechase and 10,000 meters.
Prior to her experience on Hawk Hill, Hewitt coached three seasons at the high school level, including two years as the head girls indoor and outdoor track coach at Germantown Friends School while also serving as an assistant cross country coach. She spent the 2005-06 season as the head girls cross country coach as well as the head boys and girls track coach at Friends Central School.
Hewitt (nee Duncan) spent the 2001-05 seasons with the Quakers and graduated from the College. She was a three-time Academic All-American and four-year letterwinner for the Quakers. She initially set the school record in the steeplechase as a freshman in 2002 and improved upon that mark throughout her career in the Red and Blue. A decade later, she still holds the record at 10:29.33.
Hewitt begins her new position just prior to the start of the track and field season. The Quakers take to the track for the first time this season on Saturday for the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.