Fordham Head Track & Field Coach Tom Dewey Announces Retirement
BRONX, N.Y. – If Fordham track and field/cross country head coach Tom Dewey were asked about his recent decision he would probably quote Oscar Wilde who once penned "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." That quote perfectly sums up Coach Dewey. Dewey, the longtime Ram head coach announced his retirement, effective June 30, after 39 years of leading the men's and women's track and field/cross country programs.
"I'd like to thank ALL of the student-athletes who have allowed me to be part of their lives while at Fordham and afterwards," said Dewey. "However it is now time to allow someone else to have that experience and that good feeling of watching these young people develop. Of course, I will miss the interaction among the coaching staff, who have made the program what it is today. To all of the support staffs from facilities to administration to security, I thank you for making my job easier."
A two-time Fordham Coach of the Year and 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, Dewey was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame last April.
"I want to thank Coach Dewey for his tremendous loyalty and dedication to Fordham University and the track and field program," said Director of Athletics David Roach. "Tom has been universally loved by all of his student-athletes which was evident last April when they turned out in great numbers for his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Tom has certainly left his mark in the track and field community and Fordham has been privileged to have him as a member of our team for the past 39 years. We wish Tom all the best as he moves into retirement."
Dewey has been the head coach of the men's track & field program for the past 39 seasons, and just completed his 33rd season at the helm of the women's track & field program, his second stint in charge of the women's program, the first lasting seven years.
Over the years, Dewey has coached numerous All-American, Academic All-American®, All-East, and All-Conference performers. This past season, Ryan Kutch became the first runner in Atlantic 10 history to win the cross country, indoor 3,000m and 5,000m, and outdoor 5,000m and 10,000m titles. He is also the first Ram to win the A-10 individual cross country title. Also last April, the women's distance medley relay team won the college division championship at the prestigious Penn Relays.
Under Dewey's watchful eye, the Fordham men's program achieved its first indoor and outdoor track championship in five decades. The Rams also won two IC4A University Division Cross Country Championships as well as three Metropolitan Outdoor titles. The women's program claimed several titles as well, including the New York State Division I Cross Country Championship, the New York Downstate Cross Country title, and the College Track Conference Cross Country Championship. In 1995-96, the Lady Rams captured their third consecutive ECAC University Division title.
On the men's side, 42 current school records have been set during Dewey's tenure, while the women's squad has set 60 records.
Dewey wrapped up his 53rd season of coaching this year. Before arriving at Fordham, he worked at St. Augustine, Nazareth, and Bishop Ford High Schools in the CHSAA.