Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 7, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota announced today that Dennis Barker, who has been coaching the team part-time since it was founded in 2001, has become the full-time coach of the long distance running training center. Barker, who had been head cross country and track coach for men and women at Augsburg College in Minneapolis for 20 years, resigned his position there effective Jan. 1.
During Barker’s part-time tenure as coach at Team USA Minnesota he developed an Olympian in the 1500 meters and 20 national champions, including in the 1500 meters, 3000 meters and 10,000 meters on the track; 1 mile, 10k, 15k, 20k, 10 mile, 25k, half marathon and marathon on the roads; and 4k, 6k, 10k and an 8k team in cross country. He also placed athletes on 28 U.S. World teams on the track, the roads and cross country and achieved 68 top three finishes in national championships.