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Notre Dame cross country, track coach to retire

Notre Dame men’s cross country and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field Joe Piane will retire June 30, the university announced.

Notre Dame’s track team will finish the season June 11-14 at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Piane’s 42 seasons with the Irish is second only to former baseball coach Jake Kline’s 42.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed playing a part in the growth and the accomplishments of Notre Dame track and field and cross country over a long period of time,” Piane said in a release. “Our programs, like all those at Notre Dame, have grown by leaps and bounds over the years and we have been fortunate to become more and more nationally competitive during that time.”

Piane’s teams won 26 championships – 13 men’s track and field indoor and outdoor titles, five women’s track and field indoor and outdoor title, five men’s cross country titles and three women’s cross country titles.

“Notre Dame owes Joe a great debt of gratitude for the long-term job he has done building and maintaining his programs at an elite level,” Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick said. “He has tutored a long list of champions, and he has put Notre Dame track and field and cross country teams in position to regularly compete for titles.”