Randy Dalzell, an award-winning coach in previous stops at Concordia University-Portland, Northwest Nazarene University and Cascade College, enters his sixth season as the head men's and women's cross country coach and an associate head coach for the men's and women's track and field programs at George Fox University in 2017.
Dalzell's time as a Bruins' coach has been highlighted by building the distance program to many times the size it was previous to his arrival and helping a number of athletes to all time GFU top 10 marks as well as a large number of all conference and all region awards. He has twice been named West Region assistant coach of the year in track while steadily moving the cross country teams toward the top half of the NCAA West Region and Northwest Conference.
Some notable performances for the distance group:
Will Lawrence - 4 NWC titles in a row in the in the 800m and #1 All-time indoor (1:51.85) and #2 All-time 800m time outdoor (1:51.25).
Joseph Pia - NWC Title in the 1500, #1 All-time in the indoor mile (4:14.90), #1 All-time 3000m indoor (8:38.23) #5 All-time 5000m outdoor (14:50.24), All NWC Cross Country, All West Region Cross Country.
Bryant Quinn – All West Region Cross Country
Chris Polk – NWC Champion 800m, #2 All-time outdoor 400m (47.94) #3 All-time outdoor 800 (1:52.46), #2 All-time indoor 800m (1:54.09).
Emily Painter - #1 All-time 5000m indoor (17:42.42), #2 All-time 3000m indoor (10:14.22), #2 All-time 10K outdoors (36:10.87)
Christian Parr - #10 All-time 800m outdoors (1:54.03) and #4 800m indoors (1:56.88)
Maci Jokumsen - #4 All-time 10K outdoor (37:38.38), #10 5K outdoor (18:08.54).
Sarah MacKenzie - # 7 All-time 800m outdoors (2:16.75) and #10 all-time 1500m outdoor (4:44.51)
Katie Dyk - #6 All-time 800m outdoor (2:15.77)
Courtney Hochstetler - #2 All-time steeplechase (11:46.74)
Kody Tarbell - #10 All-time 10K outdoors (32:09.74).
Prior to coming to George Fox, Dalzell inaugurated and coached the cross country and track and field programs at Concordia for seven years (2005-12). In that time, he led the Cavaliers to fifteen Cascade Collegiate Conference titles, winning seven in a row in men's track & field, six in women's track & field, one in women's cross country, and one in men's cross country, as well as the NAIA regional title in men's cross country in 2006. In 2011, the women's outdoor track and field team won the NAIA National Championship while the men finished fifth. In his final year at Concordia, women's outdoor track came in second in the nation, men's outdoor track finished fourth, men's indoor track finished third , women's indoor track was seventh, women's cross country finished placed eighth, and men's cross country finished 19th. This accounted for over 70% of the NAIA National Director's Cup points for the university.
At Concordia, he produced 24 NAIA individual national champions, 165 All-Americans, and 23 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. He was the NAIA Women's Track and Field National Coach of the Year in 2011, and was named regional or conference Coach of the Year 17 times.
Concordia was the third collegiate program Dalzell started, having also launched programs at Cascade College in 1996-97 and at Northwest Nazarene, where he coached from 1999-2002. At NNU, Dalzell was named the National Christian College Athletic Association Men's Cross Country National Coach of the Year in 2001 after his men's team at NNU won the NCCAA National
Championship with all seven runners finishing in the top 14, making the entire team All-Americans. He produced 19 NCCAA and NAIA All-American at NNU and 16 NAIA or NCCAA Scholar-Athletes. He also had three NAIA All-Americans at Cascade.
In all, Dalzell was named conference, regional, or national Coach of the Year a total of 25 times, 18 in seven years at Concordia and five times while at NNU, and produced 39 Scholar-Athletes and 187 All-Americans before coming to GFU. He has been named west region assistant coach of the year twice since coming to GFU in 2012.
Also a successful high school coach with 10 years of track and field experience at that level in the Portland (Ore.) and Bend (Ore.) areas, Dalzell was twice named Intermountain Conference Coach of the Year while at Bend High School.
In addition to his coaching duties, Dalzell serves in the health and human performance department at George Fox, teaching subjects such as lifetime fitness and team sports.
Dalzell received a bachelor's degree with honors in secondary education/mathematics from Columbia Christian College in 1987, where he played basketball and soccer and was named the school's Scholar-Athlete of the Year while earning an NAIA Academic All-America Award. He did post-graduate studies at Abilene Christian University in biology, Oregon State University in exercise physiology, the University of Puget Sound in physical therapy, and Seattle Pacific University in education. He attained his master of education degree from Linfield College in 1995.
Dalzell lives in Happy Valley, Ore., with his wife Charlene and their three children.