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.
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.