• Third Season at Virginia
• 2 All-Americans
Trevor Dunbar joined the Virginia coaching staff in the spring of 2021 as an assistant coach for distance runners. He spent the previous season as an assistant coach at California where he coached the Golden Bears’ distance competitors. Prior to that, he worked for two seasons at Florida State as an operations assistant with the distance program.
The Virginia distance runners put together an impressive campaign which saw many highlights throughout the year including a spectacular team performance at Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Five Cavalier milers (Conor Murphy, Gary Martin, Wes Porter, Nate Mountain, James Donahue) broke the prestigious four-minute barrier on the same day. Of those two, Conor Murphy broke a 41-year-old Virginia record running 3:55.24 while Gary Martin set a Virginia freshman record with his time of 3:56.83. The UVA milers would go on to put five milers (Wes Porter, James Donahue, Jack Eliason, Nate Mountain and Gary Martin) through to the field of 10 in the finals at the ACC Championships. Virginia took 13 points from the event with Porter leading the Hoos with his third-place finish.
Conor Murphy went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the mile where he placed sixth overall to earn first-team All-American honors for the first time in his career. The junior also placed second at the ACC Indoor Championships with a personal-best time of 1:47.33.
The Cavaliers distance medley relay team was phenomenal as well throughout the season as they broke the Virginia record twice including a time of 9:23.71 which ranked as No.7 on the all-time program list when it was run. Virginia ranked 15th on the NCAA DMR list at the end of the season missing qualification for the national championships by three places.
The 2022 cross country season was an improvement for the Virginia men. After placing sixth at the ACC Championships, the Cavaliers were led by Justin Wachtel and Derek Johnson to a second-place finish at the NCAA regional meet to secure automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships. The Cavaliers would finish 22nd overall at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Justin Wachtel, Yasin Sado and Wes Porter garnered All-ACC honors while Wachtel, Derek Johnson, Yasin Sado, Rohann Asfaw and Will Anthony made All-Southeast Region.
In Dunbar’s first indoor campaign he helped to oversee the development of an impressive squad of men’s mile runners as the Cavaliers made up four of the ten qualifiers for the finals of the men’s mile at the ACC Championships (Wes Porter, Nate Mountain, Yasin Sado, Ka’eo Kruse). The Cavalier men also placed fifth in the distance medley relay.
In his first season on Grounds, Dunbar helped steeplechaser Derek Johnson to some remarkable achievements. After earning all-ACC honors, he went on to run a school-record 8:32.95 in the NCAA finals to earn first-team All-America honors thanks to a seventh-place finish. Two days later at the TrackTown Qualifier, he improved that mark down to 8:27.72 to make the Olympic Trials. His season came to an end in the Olympic Trials qualifying round, where he finished 15th overall in 8:32.97.
Dunbar’s coaching resume includes a year of experience as a volunteer assistant at Boston University in 2018-19. He previously served as a volunteer coach at his alma mater – Oregon – from 2014 to 2016.
At Virginia, Dunbar is reunited with his collegiate coach – Vin Lananna – from the start of his career at Oregon. He helped the Ducks to a pair of NCAA track & field championships (2014), grabbing five All-American honors while establishing collegiate-bests of 3:38.38 in the 1,500-meters, 7:51.55 in the 3,000-meters, 13:26.90 in the 5,000-meters and 28:52.39 in the 10,000-meters.
A native of Kodiak, Alaska, his decorated running career includes seven high school state championships and multiple state records. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at the University of Portland, where he earned two cross country All-American honors while competing for the Pilots (2009-11) before transferring to Oregon where he graduated with a degree in business administration.
As a professional runner, Dunbar first ran representing Nike Inc. (2014-17) before moving on to the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) in 2018, running both at national and international competitions. Dunbar has represented Team USA both in cross country and on the track.