Head Women's Cross Country Coach
This will be the sixth year David Harmer has been working with the Men’s and Women’s Mountain Lion Track and Field and Cross Country teams at UCCS. Harmer started in the fall of 2007, and has been a full-time Assistant Coach since January 2008. Harmer also acts as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Representative on the USTFCCCA Executive Committee for NCAA Division II Track & Field.
Prior to Head Coach Mark Misch and Assistant Coach David Harmer taking over the coaching duties in the fall of 2007, the UCCS Track & Field teams had collected 38 All-RMAC Conference awards since the programs inception in 1999. Since the indoor season of 2008 the Track & Field teams have garnered 82 All-RMAC conference awards, 8 RMAC Conference Champions, 12 All-Central Region Awards and 5 NCAA All-Americans. In that time 65 event school records have also been broken.
The Mountain Lions have also set record team scores at the RMAC Track & Field Championships 3 out of the 4 years, and off the track, both the UCCS Men’s and Women's track & field teams were named by the USTFCCCA as All-Academic Track & Field Team’s in 2011.
Harmer started his coaching career working with the youth and junior teams at Medway and Maidstone Track Club in the United Kingdom. From there Harmer moved to Granada, Spain to work as an Assistant Coach to the UK Athletics Regional Development Coach, Chris Bowman, at the Olympic Development training facility from 2004-2005. He worked with several Great Britain Junior and senior Internationals who were warm-weather training outside the UK in preparation for the European Junior, World Youth and UK Trials Championships.
Outside of his work with the UCCS teams Harmer also coaches several post collegiate distance runners that compete professionally. One of those athletes, Cassie Slade, recently finished 7th at the 2011 Pan-American Games while representing Team USA in the 10,000m run held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Harmer is working towards his Level 3 USATF Coaching Certification and currently holds a Level 2 coaching certification with USATF, and a Level 2 certification with UK Athletics in the United Kingdom, both in endurance events. He received a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and a holds Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Sports Science from Kingston University, London. In 2010 Harmer earned the designation of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and regularly presents at various conferences and clinics around the country on the preparation of track and field athletes.
As an athlete Harmer has competed in Both NCAA Division I and in NCAA Division II. He was a former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference selection in the 800m run, achieving national qualifying marks both indoors and outdoors, and also qualified for the UK European Trials, also in the 800m event.