On Sunday, Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star released the Top 100 sports figures of 2011 list.
Dawn Boxley begins her 16th season at the University of Arizona and her third as the Director of Operations for the men's and women's track and field programs. After 12 years of experience as an assistant coach with the men's and women's sprints and hurdles, Boxley's new role will put her in charge of many of the administrative and day-to-day activities involved in keeping things running smoothly for one of the premier Division I track and field programs in the nation.
In 1998, Boxley started coaching the UA men's and women's short (100 and 200 meters) sprints. She has coached the female student-athletes with the four-fastest times on UA's 100-meter top-10 list.
During the 2008 season, Boxley coached the men's 4x100-meter relay team to the NCAA Championships for the second-straight season, despite the squad losing two members from the previous season's All-America team. The 2008 team of Marcus Tyus, Bobby McCoy, Kyle Alston and Xuehan Xiong won the NCAA West Regional Championship title in the event and posted the fastest time in the conference with a 39.52. Boxley was also involved in helping Tyus run to his personal best of 10.50 in the 100 meters. Tyus went on to take all-conference honors, in addition to qualifying for the NCAA West Regional Championships.
In 2006, Boxley coached the women's 4x100-meter relay team to an NCAA berth and a school record. The team of Jennifer Whitlock, Marquita Taylor, Maritza Mora and Nikki Martin broke the school record with a time of 44.58. Whitlock (100-meter hurdles), Martin (100 and 200 meters) and Taylor (100, 200 and 400 meters) also each added their names to the Arizona top-10 lists. Martin and Taylor also made individual appearances at the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters and 200 meters, respectively. Martin ran the second-fastest 100-meter time in school history (11.35) and also moved into the top-10 in the 200 meters (No. 8, 23.99). Taylor ran the third-fastest time in the 100 meters (11.56), moved up to No. 4 in the 200 meters (23.45) and posted the eighth-fastest time in the 400 meters (53.94).
In 2005, she coached Martin to her first appearance at the NCAA Regional and Nationals Championships. In 2003, Boxley's group was paced by senior Senaybou Ndyiae, who ran the then-second-fastest 100 meters in school history (11.57) and was an NCAA competitor in both the 60-meter dash indoors and the 100 meters outdoors. Ndyiae, along with Taylor, was also a part of the 4x100-meter relay team that made a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Boxley was instrumental in Brianna Glenn's success, a multiple NCAA event champion while at Arizona. Glenn won a title in the 200 meters at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships and placed third in the 100 meters at the same meet. Glenn also racked up numerous All-America honors, both indoors and outdoors, and she became the school-record holder in the 100 meters (11.33), 200 meters (22.91), indoor 60 meters (7.25) and indoor 200 meters (23.29).
Her post-collegiate coaching includes former Pac-10 Champion Akin Akinremi. Boxley also coached Danny Andrews, a former University of Miami student-athlete who is a leg amputee, at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece. Andrews was the gold medalist in the 400 meters, setting a new world record. He was also a member of the gold medal winning 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams.
Boxley was a sprinter for the Wildcats under now head coach Fred Harvey. She earned her degree from Arizona in 1996. She is married to former Wichita State pole vaulter Eric Boxley and they have two daughters: Ava Grace, 5 and Kyla Nicole, 2.