Jason Dunn enters his 8th year as an assistant track and field coach responsible for the middle-distance and distance events and is also in his seventh season as the head cross country coach. 2006 proved to be the best year yet under Dunn's tutelage as school history was established on the track and on the cross country course.
In 2006, Dunn coached both the men's and women's cross country squads to the NCAA Championships where both teams improved upon their 2005 finishes. Each team finished 14th in their races, improving their overall finishes by 12 places from 2005. The men's and women's squads displayed amazing consistency and similarity. Each team finished third at the ACC Championships, fourth at NCAA Southeast Regionals, and 14th at Nationals. Also, both third-year Emily Harrison and fifth-year Kara Scanlin earned All-American honors, with their respective 20th and 25th place finishes. Fourth-year Jan Foerster just missed All-American honors on the men's side by 1.5 seconds, where he placed 32nd overall. He was the top finisher from the ACC at Nationals. Dunn coached five All-ACC performers and six All-Regional performers during the 2006 campaign and the two All-American finishes were the most since 1999.
On the track in 2006, Dunn's athletes produced ten All-ACC performances, three National qualifiers, ten regional qualifiers, and two outdoor ACC Champions. Andrew Dumm won the outdoor 5000 meters in NCAA East Regional qualifying time, finishing just ahead of teammates Ryan Foster, the 2006 ACC 10,000 meter champion, and Andy Biladeau. Biladeau was one of four Regional qualifiers in the 5000 meters for the Cavaliers, and was able to receive an at-large bid to compete at the NCAA Championships via his eighth place finish at regionals. Dunn also coached Foerster and fourth-year Soeren Lindner to the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase, as they finished third and fourth respectively.
Virginia's cross country program has been represented at the NCAA championships in each of Dunn's six years in Charlottesville. In the fall of 2005, both men's and women's teams qualified for the NCAA championships in the same season for the first time in school history. This accomplishment followed on the heels of the first ACC title in cross country for a Virginia team since 1984 as the men's team brought home the victory in an impressive fashion with 6 runners earning All-ACC honors. Emily Harrison added an All-ACC accolade on the women's side as she earned her second consecutive All-Conference and All-Region honors before narrowly missing All-America honors with her 38th place finish at NCAA's. For his efforts, Dunn was honored as the ACC men's cross country coach of the year.
On the track in 2005, history was made as the men's distance medley relay team shattered the school record and qualified for the NCAA indoor championships running 9:36.21. Also highlighting the indoor season, McGavock Dunbar added the ACC indoor 800m title to go along with the outdoor ACC title he won in 2003. The outdoor season also proved to be a great success as athletes Dunn coached produced nine NCAA Regional qualifying performances in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, and the 5000m, as well as an NCAA provisional mark in the 10000m. Dunbar went on to earn an automatic qualifying spot to the NCAA championships in the 800m based on his performance at Regionals and Shannon Hawrylo just missed a bid to nationals placing 10th in the final of the 1500m at the East Regional Championships.
In 2004 the cross country program continued to receive national attention as both the men's and women's teams were ranked and both squads sent individual entries to the NCAA Championships. In 2003 the men's team returned to the national championships for the first time in 20 years. The 2002 season marked the second consecutive year that the women's cross country team advanced to the NCAA Championships, placing 20th in Terre Haute. This followed a ninth place team finish in 2001 behind Jennifer Owens' sixth place individual finish, the highest for a Cavalier harrier since 1982. In addition to the five team appearances at the NCAA championships, four athletes have qualified as individuals for the NCAA Championships in cross country. Athletes Dunn has coached in cross country at UVa have included three All-Americans, 27 All-Region, and 18 All-ACC honorees.
On the track, Dunn has coached 13 NCAA qualifiers and 31 All-ACC honorees including eight conference champions and ten runners-up. In 2003, three of Dunn's athletes won ACC conference titles including Cleary (steeplechase), Jane Maxwell (10K), and Dunbar (800m). Cleary went on to earn All-America honors in 2003 by virtue of her sixth place finish in the steeplechase.
Dunn's athletes and teams have also excelled in the classroom as both the men's and women's cross country squads have been named All-Academic teams each of the last five years. In 2004, then men's cross country team earned the highest team cumulative GPA for a men's team at UVA. Additionally, six of his athletes have achieved Academic All-American status as individuals in cross country and track & field.
Before coming to Virginia, Dunn served as an assistant coach for Arizona State's men's and women's cross country and track & field teams. While at ASU, Dunn was part of a staff that built the distance program from the ground up. During his tenure, the men's and women's cross country teams went from never before qualifying for the NCAA Championships to finishing 14th and 12th respectively in 1999. Additionally, athletes Dunn tutored in his years with the Sun Devils earned three All-American certificates in cross country, and seven more on the track.
Prior to his stint in Tempe, Dunn served as an assistant cross country coach at William and Mary, his alma-mater, for the 1996 season. He shared duties in an interim position for a team that ranked in the top 20 nationally and won a Colonial Athletic Conference title.
During his collegiate years at William and Mary, Dunn served as team captain and belonged to two NCAA-qualifying cross country teams. He also earned all conference honors in cross country and on the track where he was the 1996 CAA Champion in the steeplechase. Dunn also received All-East honors in the steeplechase and went on to qualify provisionally for the NCAA Championships and the Olympic Trials.
Dunn received his B.A. in government from William and Mary in 1996 and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a physical education emphasis from Arizona State in 1999.