Dobson Named Head Women's Track and Field Coach

Montclair, NJ (11/17/09) – The Montclair State Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Porscha Dobson as the new head coach of the women’s track and field team. Dobson will oversee the women’s team while combining her expertise with head men’s coach, Aubrey Lewis, Jr., in hopes to continue the success of the MSU Track and Field program.

Dobson comes to Montclair State after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hall University where she worked exclusively with the Pirates hurdlers.

One of the top hurdlers in the history of New Jersey high school track and field, Dobson’s talents earned her a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served two years as a team captain for the Tar Heels. She received All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as she helped UNC to the ACC Championship. In addition, she was a regional qualifier in the hurdles for the NCAA Division I Championships and was a provisional qualifier for the national championship meet. Dobson was also successful as a finalist in the 2006 Millrose Games as she etched her name into UNC records books among the top five hurdlers in school history. As a versatile athlete, Dobson also showcased her talent as a solid member of the 4x400 relay team.

Dobson earned her degree in Communications from North Carolina in 2008 with a concentration in Media Studies. She was a member of the Carolina Leadership Academy, Carolina Outreach, Champions for Christ, Athletes in Action, and served as a Carolina Leadership Veteran Leader for athletics.

Dobson dominated the high school scene at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ where she was a two-time All-American and New Jersey Athlete of the Year as she recorded the second-best 55-meter hurdle time in state history at 7.96 seconds and the third-best 100 meter hurdle time at 13.50 seconds. She earned numerous first team All-State and All-Conference honors and won the state championship in the 55 and 100 hurdles in 2003. She set the record in the 55 and 100 hurdles for the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Parochial B, Union County, Prep School and Colonial Hills Conference while also setting the record in the 55 meters at 7.20 seconds.

In 2003, Dobson was the New Jersey Indoor Group 1 champion in the 55 hurdles and also won the gold in the event at the Colgate Women’s Games, New Jersey Indoor Meet of Champions and Eastern State championship in addition to finishing runner up in the 60 meter at the National Scholastic Championships. Dobson would duplicate each of those titles in the outdoor season running the 100 hurdles, and placed third in that event at the Adidas National Outdoor Championships. As a diverse sprinter, Dobson also managed to put her stamp on New Jersey’s all-time list in the 200 and 400 meter dashes.

Dobson has served as a counselor at both the University of North Carolina and Princeton University Track and Field Camps and also competed for the Jaguar Track Club in South Orange, NJ.