Dan Schofer is in his 10th year as head cross country coach and fourth 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 a daughter, Eleanor, born in April 2013.
Coach Schofer’s Record at Cornell College:
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Bretscher, a former standout sprinter and record holder at DePauw University, has served as assistant coach for Cornell's cross country and track and field programs since the 2012-13 season.
Bretscher, a native of Potomac, Ill., comes to the Hilltop from St. Lawrence University, where she spent two seasons as assistant track and field coach. She worked with the team's sprinters and jumpers and had four school records set in the triple jump under her guidance. Bretscher served one year as NCAA Compliance Assistant during her stay in Canton, N.Y. She received her M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence in May 2012.
Bretscher earned four varsity letters in track and field (2005-08) at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. She established five school records on the track - including four relays - and was an NCAA Division III provisional qualifier in the indoor distance medley relay in 2008. A multiple all-conference performer, Bretscher helped lead the Tigers to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) team title in the 2005 outdoor season.
Bretscher was voted DePauw's Most Valuable Women's Track Performer in 2007, and garnered the team's Coach's Award in 2006. She was selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team in 2008. Bretscher graduated cum laude from DePauw in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics.
Bretscher was assistant cross country and track and field coach at DePauw during the 2009-10 season. She helped coach an All-American heptathlete and the SCAC male long jump champion.
Bretscher worked as an NCAA Track and Field Championship Intern for the 2010 Division III indoor meet in Greencastle, Ind. That summer, she assisted with the USA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Des Moines.
Bretscher holds a USA Track and Field Level 2 (sprints, hurdles and relays) coaching certification and is a member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Hassell, a five-time Western Athletic Conference champion from Utah State University, joined the Cornell cross country and track and 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.
Horan joined Cornell's coaching staff in 2014-15, serving as an assistant for the cross country and track & field programs.
Horan was a four-year letterwinner for the Rams in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. He graduated from Cornell in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in kinesiology.
Horan was named the team’s Most Improved Athlete in cross country his sophomore season. As a senior, he served as a team captain for all three sports.
Horan’s extra-curricular activities included participation in the Running Buddies program and the Kinesiology Club.
Simko, of Mentor, Ohio, is in his second season on Cornell’s track & field staff, coaching the sprinters and hurdlers. He also serves as an assistant for the Ram women’s lacrosse program.
Simko was a four-year varsity track and field letterwinner and three-time all-conference performer (800 meters, 2x distance medley relay) at Otterbein University. He graduated from Otterbein in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management.
Simko earned a master’s in Business Administration from Lake Erie College in 2013. He served as assistant cross country and track and field coach for two years there.
Simko was a volunteer assistant track and field coach at Texas A&M University during the 2013-14 season, working with the distance runners.
Colbert, a standout multi-sport athlete at Ohio Northern University, is in his second season on Cornell’s track & field staff, working with the sprinters and jumpers. He is also defensive backs coach on the Ram football staff.
Colbert, a native of Urbana, Ohio, was a two-year starting strong safety for Ohio Northern, serving as football team captain his senior year. He also excelled in track and field, highlighted by winning an NCAA Division III national title in the long jump during the 2014 outdoor season. Colbert was a 2014 NCAA outdoor qualifier in the 4x100 relay and finished with eight all-conference track and field medals at Ohio Northern.
Colbert earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio Northern in 2014.
Before arriving at Ohio Northern, Colbert spent two years at Wittenberg University. He was a two-year football letterwinner and qualified for indoor track and field nationals in the long jump while in Springfield, Ohio.
Colbert served one season as assistant football coach at Minster (Ohio) High School, helping guide the team to a 2014 state championship, marking the school’s first football title in 25 years. He coached wide receivers and defensive backs, which included the school’s first 1,000-yard receiver during the 2014 season.