Michael Dager is in his third season as the Washington and Lee head women's cross country coach and assistant women's track and field coach.
In 2015, Dager led the Generals to the ODAC Championship in cross country and was named the ODAC Coach of the Year. The team went on to finish third at the NCAA South/Southeast Region, just one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA Championship. Samantha Yates ’19 and Maggie Seybold ’19 earned First Team All-ODAC laurels and Yates was named the Rookie of the Year. Then Yates and Seybold each qualified as individuals for the NCAA Championship in 2015.
In Dager's first season at the helm of the program, the cross country team finished third at the ODAC Championship, and had three runners earn Second Team All-ODAC accolades. Additionally, Rachel Steffen ’18 went on to earn all-region accolades in her first season by placing 15th at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship.
Dager came to W&L from Gwynedd Mercy University, where he served as the head men's and women's track & field coach from 2007 through 2014 and the head men's and women's cross country coach from 2009-13. He also had additional responsibilities as the facilities coordinator.
As cross country coach, Dager led his men's and women's teams to six team conference titles and six individual conference crowns combined over his five seasons. He also coached his athletes to 29 First Team All-Colonial States citations and nine all-region accolades, while mentoring Brett Kubiak to All-America finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2013 & 2014. Additionally, four of his athletes have combined to win a total of six USTFCCCA Individual Academic All-America Awards.
During Dager's time with the track & field program, one relay team and three individuals combined for seven All-America citations.
Prior to arriving at Gwynedd Mercy, Dager spent three years (1998-01) as an assistant men's and women's cross country coach at Elizabethtown College, followed by five years (2002-07) as the Blue Jays' head women's cross country and assistant women's track & field coach. He led EC to one conference title and two NCAA National Championship berths while coaching two National Championship individual qualifiers and one All-American. In track & field, he helped mentor multiple National Championship qualifiers.
Dager's experiences also include teaching in the Susquehanna Township and Souderton Area School Districts as a health & physical education teacher. He is a 1996 graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor of science in health and physical education. Dager also earned a master's degree in classroom management from Wilkes University in 2003. He is certified in adult CPR, adult first aid and adult AED.