Dusty Lopez is now in his fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach, working with Michigan's distance runners.
Most recently in 2016, Lopez helped Mason Ferlic to Michigan's first NCAA Championship since 2007 as he won the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. With Lopez's help, Ferlic also won his third, fourth and fifth conference crowns: one each in the indoor 5,000m and outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter runs. Ferlic scored 20 points outdoors, the most of any Wolverine, on the way to 90.5 as a team, and a runner-up finish, both of which are program-bests since 2008. U-M scored athletes in the 800, 1,500, 5K, 10K and steeplechase races during the outdoor meet, totaling 46 points, with three medalists overall. Lopez also helped U-M find the podium in the Distance Medley Relay at the national meet for the first time since 2007, as U-M placed eighth. Earlier in the indoor season, he helped the relay squad of Chase Barnett (1,200m), Phil Washington III (400m), Brennan Munley (800m) and Mason Ferlic (1,600m) break the 12-year old program record in the event, timing 9:27.67.
In 2015, Lopez helped Ferlic to his first Big Ten Championships with in the indoor 5,000m race and in the outdoor 3,000m steeplechase. U-M earned its best finish at the indoor conference meet since 2009 by claiming fifth. Under the direction of Lopez and Coach Kevin Sullivan, Michigan was the only program to score in all five distance races (800m; mile run; 3K; 5K; Distance Medley Relay).
In his first year with the Wolverines in 2013, he helped guide two 5,000-meter runners to All-America second team honors during the indoor season, including Dan Lowry and Bobby Aprill, who also clocked the top two 5,000-meter times in program history, respectively. On the outdoor track, he assisted redshirt freshman Mason Ferlic as he earned All-America second team accolades in his first NCAA Championship appearance.