Dan Schofer is in his 11th year as head cross country coach and fifth year as head track and field coach at Cornell College.
The Wilmette, Ill., native graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a degree in biology. Schofer went on to complete an MS degree in exercise physiology at the University of Oregon.
After graduating from Oregon, Schofer was assistant coach for women’s track and field at Carleton for one year. He went on to serve four years as assistant coach for cross country and track and field at Rhodes College. Schofer’s wife, Marie, was a three-time All-American at Rhodes and has PRs of 2:12 (800), 4:20 (1500), 9:57 (3k), and 16:54 (5k). Marie is the Director of Admission at Cornell.
The Schofers have two daughters, Eleanor and Rose.
Coach Schofer’s Record at Cornell College:
2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, 16th place team finish
2015 Midwest Conference Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
2015 USTFCCCA Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year, Central Region
2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, 10th place team finish
2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, 11th place team finish
35 All-Conference performances
3 Individual Conference Champions
1 Team Conference Championship
20 All-Region performances
9 NCAA Qualifiers
1 National Champion
Track & Field (distance events):
66 All-Conference performances
25 Conference Champions
12 NCAA Qualifiers
35 Cornell Records
1 National Champion
USTFCCCA Academic All-Americans:
Cochrane, an accomplished student-athlete at Mount Vernon High School and Wartburg College, is in her second season on Dan Schofer’s coaching staffs for men’s and women’s cross country and track & field.
Cochrane coaches the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers in track & field.
“We are thrilled to have Karly join our coaching staff and our family at Cornell,” Schofer said. “Her success as a student-athlete, coaching experience and connection to Mount Vernon make her an ideal fit for our program.”
Cochrane returns to Mount Vernon from the University of Sioux Falls, where she served as assistant track & field coach since July 2014. During her short time in South Dakota, Cochrane coached four all-conference performers and two NCAA Division II qualifiers, including an All-American heptathlete in 2015.
Cochrane, a 2014 Wartburg graduate, enjoyed a decorated track career for the Knights as a 19-time all-Iowa Conference performer, four-time NCAA qualifier and two-time NCAA Indoor All-American. At the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, she ran on the runner-up 4x400 relay and seventh-place distance medley relay while taking ninth in the 400-meter run.
Wartburg’s women won eight conference team titles and four NCAA team championships – including three national outdoor crowns from 2012-14 – during Cochrane’s stay in Waverly.
Cochrane excelled in the classroom as a three-time Academic All-American. She served on Wartburg’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years.
Cochrane earned a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg in business administration with a minor in leadership. She is pursuing a master’s in business administration.
During a distinguished prep career as a four-sport athlete at Mount Vernon, Cochrane was part of the Mustangs’ state championship teams in volleyball (2010), basketball (2010) and track & field (2009, 2010). The Mustangs were state runners-up in volleyball (2008, 2009) and track & field (2008), and qualified for the state softball tournament in 2009 (sixth) and 2010 (fourth).
Cochrane was a three-time elite all-stater in track and a two-time first team all-state selection in softball. She ran on eight state championship relays and placed second in the open 400 in 2009. Cochrane was a member of the runner-up 4x400 and 4x800 teams at the Drake Relays.
Hassell, a five-time Western Athletic Conference champion from Utah State University, joined the Cornell cross country and track & field coaching staff in 2012-13.
A middle distance standout, Hassell was a school-record holder in both the indoor 800 (2:08.27) and outdoor 1500 (4:25.70) for the Aggies. Coach Hassell previously served as an assistant coach at the University of California at San Diego and San Diego Mesa College.
Hassell lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Hans, an assistant professor in Cornell's politics department, and their children Johannes, Acadia and Finnegan.
Balke joins the Cornell track and field coaching staff in 2016-2017 with an impressive resume.
Balke has 30 years of coaching experience in the throwing events at City and Regina High Schools in Iowa City. He was a varsity thrower at the University of Iowa and served as a graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes.
Coach Balke’s high school teams won 11 state and 23 conference titles, and he was named the IATC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2004. Balke teaches in the North Cedar Community School District.