Track & Field



Strong Of Heart: Joe Piane

A profile on legendary Notre Dame track and cross country coach as he prepares to retire after 39 seasons.


Legendary Irish Track Coach Joe Piane Retires After 39 Seasons

Piane departs following second-longest tenure of any coach in Notre Dame athletics history.

  • 2001 All-American - Indoor 400 Meters
  • Indoor 200 Meters - School Record Holder
  • Indoor 400 Meters - School Record Holder
  • Outdoor 400 Meters (Anchor) - School Record Holder
  • Indoor 4x400 Relay (Anchor) - School Record Holder
  • Outdoor 4x100 Relay (Anchor) - School Record Holder
  • Outdoor 4x400 Relay (Anchor) - School Record Holder
  • Outdoor 400 Meters - 2001 BIG EAST Champion
  • 4x100 Relay (Anchor) - 2001 BIG EAST Champion
  • Indoor 400 Meters - 2000 BIG EAST Champion
  • Eight-Time All-BIG EAST Honoree

AS A JUNIOR: Cemented her status as one of the top women sprinters in Notre Dame track and field history during the 2001 season ... became the first Irish female sprinter to earn All-America honors with an eighth-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships ... currently holds the school record in indoor 200 and 400 meters, as well as the outdoor 400 meters ... won two races in each of the first two meets of the indoor season ... won the 400 meters and the 200 meters vs. Ball State and Western Michigan ... 400 victory time of 54.61 qualified her for the NCAA championship meet ... captured her second straight 400 victory vs. Michigan State, while also winning the 60-meter competition with a personal-best 7.56 ... won the 400 meters at the Meyo Invitational in a blistering 53.30, breaking her own school record ... anchored the first-place 4x400 relay team (3:49.88) at the Meyo Invitational as well ... won her 400-meter preliminary heat at the 2001 BIG EAST Indoor Championships and finished second (54.96) in the finals to earn all-BIG EAST status ... with a trip to the NCAA championship meet already in hand for the 400 meters, attempted to qualify in a second event by running the 200 meters at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... scorched the field to win the 200 meters in a school-record 24.00, just off the NCAA consideration time ... began the outdoor season by competing in the Arizona State Invitational, winning the 100 meters (11.91) and taking second-place in the 200 meters (23.86) ... won the second BIG EAST individual championship of her career in the 400 meters at the outdoor meet, taking first in 53.17 ... also earned all-BIG EAST honors at the outdoor championship in the 200 meters, taking second place in 24.20 ... anchored the BIG EAST champion 4x100 relay team, which claimed the league title in 45.37 ... finished third in her heat (53.28) at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

AS A SOPHOMORE: The top sprinter for the Irish in 2000 ... dominated the 200 and 400 races in which she competed during the 2000 indoor season ... finished either first or second in six final 200 and 400 races ... took first place and all-BIG EAST honors in the 400 (55.27) at the BIG EAST championship meet ... won the 200 meters at the Quad Meet ... also competed in the 60 meters at the Quad Meet, taking first in 7.74 ... won second home-meet 400 of the season in the Alex Wilson Invitational (54.16) ... continued her stellar season in the outdoor campaign ... won both the 200 and 400 in the Spring Opener ... qualified for the NCAA championship meet in the 400 ... finished seventh in her heat at the NCAAs (53.91) ... won the 200 meters at the Indy Relays in 24.18 ... finished fourth and sixth in the 400 and 200 meters, respectively, at the BIG EAST outdoor championship ... set a school record in the 400 outdoor, sprinting to a fifth-place finish at the Georgia Tech Invitational in 53.10.

AS A FRESHMAN: Established herself as the team?s top sprinter in 1999, running the 60-, 200- and 400-meter races indoors ... ran the team?s fastest indoor times in all three events ... qualified for the NCAAs in the 400 meters after running a school-record time of 54.05 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... finished 17th in her heat of the 400 at the NCAAs ... earned all-BIG EAST honors with a second in the 400 at the conference meet, before finishing eighth in the 200 ... set two meet records versus Indiana with a first-place times of 24.21 in the 200 and 54.89 in the 400 ... ran the 100, 200 and 400 in the outdoor season ... dominated the competition with seven first-place finishes ... ran four NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 400 meters, including a team-best 53.38 en route to a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST meet ...also earned all-BIG EAST honors with a third in the 200 with a time of 24.33 ... won the 400 with a time of 53.38 at the prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational ... ran her fastest times in the 100 (11.82) and 200 (23.77) at the Boilermaker Open, which were both good for first-place finishes.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Lettered all four years in track at New Braunfels High School ... was undefeated in the 400 meters her junior year, eventually claiming the Texas state championships in that event ... second at the state meet in the 200 meters last year ... anchored her mile relay team at the state meet to the title ... third at the state meet in the 200 in ?96 ... was ranked eighth nationally in the 400 meters as a junior and fifth as a senior ... also ranked in the top five in ?98 in the 200 meters ... two-time regional champion and three-time conference champion for track ... born on Oct. 17, 1979, in Vizenva, Italy ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.

Liz Grow
Liz  Grow


New Braunfels, Texas

High School:
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