Dale Bahr


Head Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach / Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach in Athletics

Dale Bahr will begin his fifth season as head coach of both the men's and women's track and field programs and the men's and women's cross country programs at Gustavus Adolphus College. Bahr, a 1995 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, replaced Tom Thorkelson, as the men's and women's track and field coach, and Jed Friedrich as the men's and women's cross country coach in 2009.

The women’s cross country team turned in what was the surprise performance of the fall for the Gustavus Athletics Department.  After a superior top-to-bottom showing that saw four Gustie runners finish inside the top 15 and earn All-Conference honors, Gustavus captured its first MIAC Championship since 2003.  Rebecca Hare (Jr., Albany, Minn.) led the way with a fourth place finish (22:29.4), while Caitlin Fermoyle (So., Mendota Heights, Minn.) finished next in line in fifth (22.33.0).  Kate Eggers (Sr., Montevideo, Minn.) placed 10th (22.56.6), and Beth Hauer (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.) took 12th (23.01.9) to round out the group.  It was the first time in program history that four Gusties finished inside the top 15 at the conference meet.  Following the MIAC Championships, Bahr was named the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year for the first time in his career.  He is the second coach in the program’s history to be named Coach-of-the-Year.  The Gusties went on to finish fourth out of 28 teams at the NCAA Central Region Championships.  By virtue of a finish inside the top 35, Hare (13th), Hauer (16th), Fermoyle (20th), and Eggers (21st) all earned All-Region honors, helping the Gusties to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Championships held in Terre Haute, Ind. Gustavus concluded its season with a 21st place standing out of 32 teams at the national meet, the program’s best finish since placing 12th in 2003.   

The Gustavus men’s cross country team recorded a 10th place finish with 252 points at the 2012 MIAC Championships.  Sophomore Dillon Emo (Brookings, S.D.) led the Gusties for the second straight season, placing 41st overall with a time of 27:02.6.  Senior Adam Lund (Burnsville, Minn.) also finished inside the top 50 with a 47th place mark in 27:11.4.  The Gusties went on to the NCAA Central Region meet where they turned in a much-improved performance with a 15th place showing out of 27 competing teams.  Emo led the squad for the second consecutive time, crossing the finish line in 60th with a time of 27:07.4.  All four of Gustavus’ top four runners finished inside the 28th minute. 

The Gustavus men’s indoor track and field team closed out the indoor season with a seventh place finish at the 2013 MIAC Championships after compiling 57.5 points.  Leading the Gusties with All-Conference performances was Josh Owens (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Blair Riegel (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.), Cameron Clause (Jr., Mankato, Minn.), and Phillip Butler (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.).  Owens became the first Gustie to win the pole vault in back-to-back seasons after going over the bar at 15-feet 4.25-inches.  Riegel finished runner-up in the long jump (22-6.25), while Clause came in second in the heptathlon with a school-record 4,781 points.  Butler rounded out the group with a third place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.06).

The Gustavus women’s indoor track and field team narrowly missed the podium with a fourth place finish after scoring 75 points at the 2013 MIAC Championships held in early March.  The Gusties benefited from the All-Conference performances of Rebecca Hare (So., Albany, Minn.), Allyson Voss (Sr., Wausau, Wis.), and Nevada Wendlandt (Jr., Maplewood, Minn.).  Hare provided the Gusties big points with a pair of All-Conference showings in the distance races.  She placed runner-up in the 3,000-meter run (10:25.30) and finished third in the 5,000-meter run (18:17.63).  Voss became the first back-to-back pole vault champion in Gustavus history after setting a new meet and school record with a height of 12-feet 4.5-inches.  She would later go on to compete in the NCAA Championships where she placed ninth with a height of 12-feet 3.50-inches.  Nevada Wendlandt finished behind Voss at the conference meet in the pole vault, clearing 11-feet 2.25-inches to finish second.

The Gustavus men’s outdoor track and field team scored a total of 72.5 points to finish seventh at the 2013 MIAC Championships held at the University of St. Thomas.   Senior pole vaulter Josh Owens (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and senior javelin specialist Ryan Ness (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) turned in Gustavus’s top performances of the meet with a pair of gold medal showings. Owens won the pole vault after clearing the bar at 15-feet 5.5-inches, and Ness became just the second Gustavus male ever to win the javelin following a throw of 182-feet 10-inches.  Other all-conference performers included Ryan Obele (Jr., Le Sueur, Minn.) and Brody Ziegler (Fr., Mankato, Minn.) in the field events, and Matt Flotterud (Jr., Cannon Falls, Minn.) on the track.  Obele placed third in the hammer throw (160’ 11”), Ziegler took third in the high jump (6’ 8”), and Flotterud finished runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (15:42). 

The Gustavus women’s outdoor track and field team scored 81.5 points to finish sixth at the 2013 MIAC Championships.  Senior Ally Voss (Wausau, Wis.) posted the top performance of the meet by successfully defending her 2012 pole vault title with a gold medal performance after clearing the bar at 12-feet 5.5-inches.  Voss’s vault bested the previous meet record (12’ 5.25”) set in 2003 by St. Thomas’s Karolin Bastiaens.  All-conference performers in the field events also included Lauren Rothschiller (Sr., Chaska, Minn.) and Elizabeth Weiers (So., Le Center, Minn.).  Rothschiller placed third in the long jump (17’ 8.25”) and third in the triple jump (36’ 11”), while Weiers came in runner-up in the hammer throw (153’ 11”.).  Erica Hett rounded out the list of All-MIAC honorees with a second place performance in the 3,000-meter run where she crossed the finish line in 11:19.22. 

In four seasons at the head of the Gustavus track and field team, Bahr has coached two NCAA Outdoor National Champions in Max Hanson (2010, 800m) and Janey Helland (2011, Heptathlon), and nine individuals who have turned in 14 All-American performances in both indoor and outdoor track and field.

Prior to coming to Gustavus, Bahr was an assistant track and field coach at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, Le Center-Cleveland, and Nicollet High Schools. He was also the head cross country coach at Nicollet in 1998 and 1999.

Bahr was a four-time All-American in track and field, a national champion in 1992 in the 800-meter, and a three-time letterwinner in cross country at Mankato State, where he graduated from in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education, adapted physical education, and coaching. He was also the 1992 national indoor champion in the 800-meter run.  In the fall of 2012, Bahr was inducted in the Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Dale and his wife, Heidi, live in St. Peter with their four children, Runnar, Jesiah, Cadence, and Liv. 


B.A. in Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato ; M.A. in Sports Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato

Courses Taught


HES-154 (Men's Cross Country), HES-171 (Women's Cross Country), and HES-264 (Cross Country Practicum)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-160Men's Outdoor Track122015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
HES-176Women's Indoor Track122015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
HES-180Women's Outdoor Track122015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
HES-157Men's Indoor Track122015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
HES-171Women's Cross Country122014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
HES-154Men's Cross Country122014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
HES-279Track Practicum72015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2013/JN, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
HES-264Cross Country Practicum52014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA