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On Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind., the DePaul men's and women's cross country teams placed 29th and 36th, respectively.
The greatest sprinter in DePaul history, Dave Dopek was named head coach of the track and field programs on July 13, 2010 and was named head coach of the cross country program in early January of 2011. He enters his 20th season on the track and field staff in 2014-15 and his fifth heading up that program and his fourth as cross country head coach.
Dopek is coming off his most successful season as a head coach (2013-14). The campaign saw a third place men's track and field team finish at the 2014 BIG EAST Indoor Championships and a runner-up finish at the Outdoor Championships. In addition, six individuals qualified for the 2014 National Championships, while senior thrower Matt Babicz advanced to the NCAA Finals in Eugene, Ore., in June 2014. On the women's side, the 2013-14 Blue Demons took fourth at the BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships and fifth at the Indoor Finals.
Dopek's impact on the program was in evidence during the 2012 track season. Tim Nedow qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the shot put. In the outdoor season, Matt Babicz qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships in the shot put while Melissa Fraser and Alana Kovacs qualified in the javelin throw.
Nedow was named the BIG EAST Conference's Most Outstanding Field Performer at both the indoor and outdoor meets in 2012.
In 2011, Nedow earned honorable mention All-American honors after competing at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
At the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Nedow was crowned a second-team All-American in the discus with a throw of 53.96m and took home honorable mention honors in the shot put.
Before beginning his coaching career, Dopek inked his name into the DePaul history books. He became the school's first individual (or team) to win an NCAA championship when he captured the 200-meter title at the 1995 NCAA Indoor Championship at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Dopek also finished second in the 200 meters at the 1995 outdoor championships.