After 32 years in the coaching profession and 18 years as the head men's and women's track and field coach, and associate professor at Denison University, Pan Fanaritis will retire following the 2011 season.
Since arriving at Denison prior to the 1993-94 season, Fanaritis has led the Denison track and field teams to seven North Coast Athletic Conference titles and 16, top-2 finishes. Fanaritis has also played a major role in six women's cross country conference titles during his tenure, highlighted by an eighth-place national finish at the 2004 NCAA Division III Championship.
Fanaritis came to Denison after spending the first half of his coaching career at the Division I level. A 1971 graduate of Georgetown University, Fanaritis earned his master's degree at Penn State in 1973. He went on to successful coaching stints at Georgetown, Missouri and Villanova before accepting his current position at Denison.
"Coach Fanaritis has taken a leadership role within the department since day one and the university is extremely grateful for his service and commitment to the ideals of Denison and the North Coast Athletic Conference," said Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Larry Scheiderer.
"Pan has built upon the great winning tradition of Denison track and field and is going to be difficult to replace. His expertise on the track and in the classroom has made him a valuable asset to the college."
Fanaritis has coached 11 Denison track and field athletes to 21 NCAC Athlete of the Year awards, and he has been named the NCAC's Coach of the Year nine times. In 2004 his women's squads completed the NCAC's version of the track and field/cross country triple crown by winning conference titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field for the first time in school history. That year the women's cross country team won their first of two NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championships before posting their highest finish in school history (eighth) at the NCAA Division III Championship. The 2004-05 squads also became the first school to capture team titles at all three All-Ohio Championships.
During his time at Denison, Fanaritis has coached one Rhodes Scholar finalist, three NCAA Postgraduate scholars, nine Presidential Medalists, 10 All-Americans and 13 CoSIDA Academic-All America selections.
"After spending over 20 years as an athlete and a coach at the Division I level, I really did not know what to expect when I made the move to Division III," said Fanaritis. "I realized quickly that Denison seamlessly integrates athletics into the total academic mission of the university. Eighteen years later I can look back and say Denison was the perfect fit for me, and I am grateful for all of the students that I have had the pleasure to coach and teach."
Fanaritis' teams will compete this Saturday (Jan. 29) at the 2011 NCAC Relays in Oberlin, Ohio. A national search for Denison's next head men's and women's track and field coach will begin in mid-February.