Angelo State University has named Tom Dibbern as its new interim head track and field and cross country coach. Dibbern has been appointed by newly named director of athletics James Reid.
In his 10 combined seasons at Angelo State, Dibbern coached three Division II national champions, 55 All-American athletes and 52 Lone Star Conference individual champions. According to a release from ASU’s athletic department, he has been a major factor in helping the Rambelles to six Lone Star Conference titles since 2005, including a stint of seven consecutive wins since 2009.
Additionally, Dibbern has helped coach ASU runner Luis Perez and the men’s 4 x 400 relay team to second place finishes at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
After two years as the head track and field coach at Texas A&M-Commerce, Dibbern was named TTFCA Collegiate Coach of Year and the South Central Regional Indoor and Outdoor Coach of Year. He led them to become the only team in Lone Star Conference history to win both an indoor and an outdoor men’s title in same year. In those two years, he also coached 30 All-Americans.
Dibbern is a two-time National Assistant Coach of the Year; and has coached a U.S. Olympics trial qualifier; eight USATF national championship competitors; two NCAA Division II National Athletes of the Year, including a national record holder; three individual national champions; and more than 50 All-Americans.
Additionally, he has coached five USATF national team members; the Mexican national record holder in the heptathlon; and also served on the Mexican national team coaching delegation as the heptathlon coach for the 2013 international competitions. He guided former Rambelles team member Chrystal Ruiz to the Central America and Caribbean Championship in the heptathlon as well.
Dibbern was also a highly successful student-athlete, competing for the Angelo State track and field team from 1997-99 and in 2001; placed as high as third at the LSC Championships in the triple jump; and qualified provisionally twice for the NCAA D-II National Outdoor Championships. After time off because of an injury, he returned in 2001, to compete in the decathlon.
He holds an instructor training certificate and a Level II coaching certificate from U.S.A. Track and Field in jumps, throws, multi-events, sprints and hurdles and is working towards his USATF Level III certification.
The Albany native received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Angelo State in 2001, and his master’s degree in physical education from Hastings College in 2003.