Head Women's Cross Country Coach
David Harmer started working with the UCCS Mountain Lion Cross Country and Track & Field programs in the fall of 2007 as an Assistant Coach, and became Head Women’s Cross Country Coach and Co-Head Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Coach in 2012. Harmer acts as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Representative on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Executive Committee for NCAA Division II Track & Field.
For the second year in a row under the guidance of Coach Harmer, UCCS qualified for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in the fall of 2013 and finished No. 20 after a No. 10 finish in 2012. It was the first time in program history that the women’s team has qualified for back-to-back national championships. The team was ranked as high as eighth in the national rankings during the season. Individually, Veronica Sandoval received All-RMAC honors for her No. 12 finish at the RMAC championships. Off the course, Angie Martell and Alyssa Wendt were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Scholars for achieving a GPA higher than 3.25 and finishing in the top half of the NCAA championship field or top third of the regional field. For their academic excellence the women’s team was named an All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA for having a team average GPA over 3.0. It was the second year in a row that the women received this status since Harmer took charge of the women’s team.
In his first season as Head Women's Cross Country Coach, Harmer led UCCS to a No. 10 finish at the 2012 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. It was the first time the women’s team had qualified for the national meet since 2006, and was the third top-10 place finish in program history. The NCAA appearance came off the back of third place finishes in both the RMAC championships and the South Central Regional Championships. Earlier in the same season the women’s team won the Maroon Division II race prestigious Roy Griak Invitational Meet at the University of Minnesota. Individually, Megan Burrell was named All-American for her No. 37 finish at the NCAA Championships, and four women were named to All-RMACand All-South Central Region Teams, the most in any one season in the history of the program. Off the course, Megan Burrell, Angie Martell and Madison Neher were named USTFCCCA All-Academic scholars. The team also received All-Academic status from the USTFCCCA.
Since starting work with the indoor and outdoor track and field teams in the fall of 2007, Harmer and Co-Head Coach Mark Misch have led the mountain lions to 127 All-RMAC awards, nine RMAC individual champions, 31 all-region award and five All-Americans. In that time, program records have either been set or broken 74 times.
In 2013, both the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships for the first time in program history. Harmer led the women’s team to a No. 11 finish, matching their ranking going into the championships. Megan Burrell also qualified for the national championships in the women’s mile, smashing the school record on her way to a No. 13 finish. Burrell then went on to qualify for the 1,500-meter run at national outdoor championships as one of three Mountain Lions to compete at the cross country, indoor and outdoor national championships. Also qualifying for the national outdoor was Alyssa Andrews. Andrews was a non-recruited walk-on for the fall of 2012 and went on to run 35 minutes and 56 seconds in the 10,000-meter run to qualify and finished No. 14 at nationals. Alex Colvin also qualified and finished No. 10 in the pole vault.
Although an endurance event specialist, Harmer worked with the sprints, middle distance, jumps and multi-events athletes up until taking over the women’s cross country team in 2012. In that time, he coached all-conference performers in the women’s 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and 800-meter run; and the men’s 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles, and 800-meter run. He led the men’s 4x400-meter relay team to its first indoor conference championship in 2010 and its first outdoor conference title in 2012. Jon Wright a member of that 2012 4x400-meter relay team also became conference champion in the indoor 400-meter dash in 2011.
Off the track, the women's team has been named an All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA six years in a row for achieving a team average cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
Harmer started his coaching career working with the youth and junior teams at Medway and Maidstone Track Club in Kent, England, between 2000-2006. From there Harmer moved to Granada, Spain, in 2004 to work as an Assistant Coach to the UK Athletics Regional Development Coach, 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 has also worked with several post collegiate distance runners that compete professionally. One of those athletes, Cassie Slade, finished seventh at the 2011 Pan-American Games while representing Team USA in the 10,000-meter run held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Harmer has several qualifications at the highest level in collegiate coaching. He is a 2014 candidate for his IAAF Level V Elite Academy Coach Certification in Endurance events. The IAAF Academy Diploma for an Elite Coach is the highest recognized achievement awarded through the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System. It is recognized around the world and indicates that a coach is not only highly experienced but has the knowledge to coach or instruct at the highest international levels of the track & field profession. With this award he will also receive his Level 3 USATF Certification. He currently holds a Level 2 Certification with USATF and UK Athletics in the United Kingdom, both in endurance events.
He received a master’s degree in sports medicine from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2007, and a holds bachelor’s degree with honors in sports science from Kingston University, London, 2004. 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 and cross country athletes.
As a student-athlete Harmer has competed in both NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II. He was a All-RMAC First Team selection in the 800-meter run and achieved national qualifying marks both the indoor and outdoor national championships, and qualified for the UK European Trials. Since graduation, Harmer has competed for the Adidas Boulder Running Company Team and won the Superior Downhill Mile in 2009 running 3:59.