Jim Lear
Jim  Lear

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Indiana, Pa. '74


Men’s and Women’s XC Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

DelSignore earns individual honor


2016 Cross Country Schedule Released

Dukes open season by hosting Duquesne Duals on Sept. 3


2016 Cross Country Schedule Released

Dukes open season by hosting Duquesne Duals on Sept. 3


A-10 Coaches Predict DU Women's XC to Finish First in Conference

Dukes looking to make it three straight conference titles


Cross Country Teams Each Add Five Runners To Its Rosters

Dukes open 2015 season on Sept. 5 by hosting Duquesne Duals

Jim Lear returned to the Duquesne cross country and track and field programs as head coach in December 2014. Lear, who spent 19 seasons with Duquesne's cross country team and 12 seasons of involvement with the track and field program working with the distance runners, came back to the Bluff after serving two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh as the assistant coach of distance runners.

After steadily climbing in the Atlantic 10 cross country standings throughout his tenure, Lear's Dukes have had second place finishes in 2004, 2006 and 2008 and led the team to its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship in 2005, being named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year as a result. In 2007, Duquesne boasted the University's first Atlantic 10 cross country champion and NCAA Championship qualifier in Tom SloskyClick here to hear itClick here to hear it. Mike Stolar, who finished third at the 2009 Atlantic 10 Championship, was the program's second NCAA qualifier and in 2012, Jim Spisak became the third different runner to qualify for NCAA's under Lear's watch.

Lear first came to Duquesne in 1994 and was promoted to head coach in 1996 after two campaigns as an assistant.

During his tenure at Duquesne, Lear has seen numerous runners be named either Atlantic 10 Performer or Rookie of the Week and has had 21 Atlantic 10 All-Conference performers.

Lear's runners also excel in the classroom as evidenced by the numerous Academic All-Americans the program has had and the Academic All-Conference accolades his student-athletes have collected.

A former track and cross country runner himself in high school and college, Lear began his coaching career in 1975 as the head cross country and track coach at Central Catholic. He coached the Vikings for nine years and also had a one-year simultaneous stint as assistant track coach at Carnegie Mellon University in 1981-82, where he produced his first All-American performer.

Following his tenure at Central Catholic, Lear worked for one year as coach at Mercersburg Academy in Central Pennsylvania before accepting the position of assistant track coach in charge of distance runners at the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. During nine seasons at Pitt, Lear guided two additional athletes to All-American status and was involved with the only Pitt cross-country team to ever qualify for the NCAA Championships in 1990.

Lear resides in Wilkins Township with his wife Debbie and has three daughters, LeAnne, Kaitlin and Jessica.


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