PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania James P. Tuppeny/Betty J. Costanza Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Steve Dolan has announced the addition of Chelsea France to his staff as an assistant coach. France will work with the men’s and women’s cross country programs, as well as the distance/middle distance portion of the track and field squads.
“We are very excited about the addition of Chelsea France to our staff,” commented Dolan. “I’m looking forward to the new ideas and perspective that she brings from her coaching success at George Washington University and her personal experience as a collegiate runner at the University of Virginia. We can’t wait to get started with the cross country season in a few weeks.”
France joins the Quakers after serving the past three seasons as an assistant coach at George Washington University. With the Colonials, France was in charge of the daily operation of both the men’s and women’s cross country and track teams. France instilled a recruiting strategy that led to both the largest and most talented incoming freshmen classes each of her three years in the nation’s capital. Under her watch, GW produced three Atlantic 10 Champions, 16 All-Atlantic 10 Conference honorees, numerous top-15 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings for both men and women and numerous All-Academic student-athlete honorees.
Prior to George Washington, France spent 2013-14 as the manager and volunteer assistant coach for the University of South Carolina track and field and cross country programs.
At USC, France was responsible for assisting in the planning and coordinating of travel and athletic events while coaching and developing the student-athletes to academic and athletic achievement.
France is no stranger to the landscape of collegiate cross country/track and field, spending four years herself as a student-athlete for the cross country and distance programs at the University of Virginia. France was a four-year member of the Atlantic Coast…