Ray Tharan (?-1993)
Tharan attended Temple University on a basketball scholarship and played for the Owls from 1970 to 1973; he was on Temple’s baseball team as well. Before coming to Bryn Mawr in 1983, Tharan worked at Philadelphia University, formerly known as Philadelphia Textile, where he assisted legendary basketball coach Herb McGee. He also coached baseball and soccer for the Rams.At Bryn Mawr, Tharan was head coach for basketball, cross-country and soccer before taking an administrative role as director of the fitness center. Described by one alumna as “kind, hilarious, and a serious motivator,” Tharan is remembered by generations of students for his weight-training sessions, his Mick Jagger impression, and especially for his unswerving support and enthusiasm for Bryn Mawr students’ athletic endeavors at every level.
Dan Talbot (1994-2010)
Dan Talbot began coaching at Bryn Mawr in 1994 as an assistant Cross Country coach. From 1994-1999 he was also the Track & Field club coach. In 1997 he took over head coaching duties for Cross Country, and in 1999 Outdoor Track & Field was elevated to varsity status and Talbot was hired full time to coach both sports. Indoor Track was added as a varsity sport in 2001. From the start, Talbot has been committed to building a tradition of excellence in Cross Country and Track & Field at Bryn Mawr. He ran competitively for Tom Donnelly at Haverford College , and has earned Level II certifications in Endurance, Throws, Jumps, and Sprints/Hurdles/Relays from the USA Track & Field Coaching Education program. He was the Head Coach for Cross Country for 13 Seasons and the Track & Field Programs for 11.
Hewitt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Classical Study from Tufts University. While at Tufts University, he was a twelve season athlete in Cross Country, Indoor Track & Outdoor Track). He also holds a Master of Science in physical education from Springfield. He holds a USATF Level II Certification in Jumps and Endurance in addition to a USATF Level I coaching certificate. Hewitt also holds a NVPCA pole vault certification; NTCA throws safety certification and an ASEP coach and sports first aid certification.
Since arriving at Bryn Mawr, Hewitt has seen a resurgence of talented distance runners in the XC program. During his first season as head coach, the team saw some initial success winning the Dukes Invitational, but was unable to move out of the 10th place position in the conference. During his second season with the team, Hewitt coached the team to a 7th place finish at the Centential Conference Championships, striding past McDaniel, Ursinus, and Franklin and Marshall. Hewitt also had the privilege of coaching first year, Claudia Keep, at the NCAA National Championship, in which she placed 56th overall.