Dawn Boxley begins her 13th season at The University of Arizona in a new role as she assumes the responsibility of Director Of Ooperations for the men's and and women's track and field programs. After 12 years of experience as an assistant coach with the men's and women's sprinters and hurdlers, 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 colleges in the nation.
Boxely has been with the UA program since 1998, when she took over the duty of coaching the men and women's 100/200 meters group. Boxley has coached the females with the four fastest times on the UA's Top-10 list in the 100 meters.
During the 2008 season, Boxley was again in the mix with the success of several UA sprinters. She helped coach the UA men's 4 x 100-meter relay team to the NCAA National Championships for the second year in a row, despite the squad losing two members from the previous year's All-American team. The 2008 team of Marcus Tyus, Bobby McCoy, Kyle Alston and Xuehan Xiong won the NCAA West Regional Championship in the event and posted the fastest time in the conference on the year of 39.52 at the UA-ASU-NAU Double Dual. Boxley was also involved in helping senior Marcus Tyus to his all-time personal best of 10.50. 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 in the event during
the season 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 both also made individual
appearances at the NCAA championship meet 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 ten in the 200 meters (No. 8,
23.99). Taylor ran the third fastest time in the 100 meters (11.56), moved up
to number four in the 200 meters (23.45) and posted the eighth fastest time
in the 400 meters (53.94).
In 2005, Boxley coached Martin to her first appearance at the NCAA regional
and NCAA national meet. In 2003 Boxley's group was paced by senior,
Senaybou Ndyiae who at the time ran the second fastest 100 meters in school
history (11.57) and was a NCAA competitor in both the 60-meter dash indoors
and the 100 meters outdoors. Ndyiae, along with Taylor, who was a freshman
at the time were also a part of the 4 x100 meters relay team that made a trip to
the NCAA championship meet.
Boxley's coaching has contributed to the growth of one of the top programs
in the nation for developing sprinters. She 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 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
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 meters relay and
4x400 meters relay teams.