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Notre Dame track coach retiring after 39 years

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Joe Piane is retiring after 39 seasons as Notre Dame’s coach for men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams and the men’s cross country team.

The school announced Tuesday that Piane will retire at the end of the outdoor track season as the second-longest tenured coach in Notre Dame history. He trails only former baseball coach Jake Kline, who served 42 seasons from 1934 to 1975.

Piane was national cross country coach of the year in 1987 and 2001 and coached 189 All-Americans.

The Irish finished third in the NCAA men’s cross country meets in 1990 and 2005. He coached Ryan Shay to the NCAA 10,000 meter outdoors title in 2001 and also guided the outdoor distance medley relay team to a national title in 2012.


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