Dirk Doehring begins his first season with the Illinois track and field program as a volunteer assistant coach, working primarily with sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers, and multi-event athletes.
Doehring comes to Illinois after spending two years as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. During his time at Millikin, the men's and women's programs set 27 school records and crowned 14 indoor and outdoor conference champions, as well as two Division III All-Americans. The programs also tallied 72 All-Conference performances and 13 CCIW Athlete of the Week honors. The programs also found success off the track, as four team earned USTFCCCA Academic All-American honors and four individuals were named Academic All-Americans.
Prior to his time at Millikin, Doehring served as a volunteer assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field programs at Delaware State University, where he worked primarily with the sprinters and pole vaulters. At Delaware State, he worked with two All-Conference pole vaulters, along with a 4x400m relay team that earned indoor and outdoor All-American honors.
Doehring began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant track and field coach at Millikin in 2004, followed by a two-year stint as a graduate assistant track and field coach at Defiance College. During that time, he coached four conference champions, 43 All-Conference athletes, and an NCAA qualifier in the 100m dash.
A graduate of Millikin University, Doehring was a member of the tack and field team, where he earned four varsity letters and was elected as a co-captain his senior year. He was part of a 4x100m relay team that set a new school record, won the conference title, and qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Doehring graduated from Millikin University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in social science, and continued his education at Defiance College, earning a Master's of Education in Sport Science in 2010. He currently resides in Decatur, Ill., with his wife, Angie.
Updated November 2013