Lance Harden was named assistant cross country and track and field coach in June of 2014.
Harden joins the Eagles’ program after a three-year stint (2011-14) as assistant cross country and track and field coach at Williams College (MA). He helped the women's cross country team to a national runner-up finish in 2013, a fourth-place performance in 2012 and a third-place effort in 2011. During that time, the men's cross country team placed fifth at nationals in 2013, 12th in 2012 and sixth in 2011. He helped coach Chiara Del Piccolo to a first-place finish in the 2011 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships, and also mentored Brian McGrail, a Rhodes Scholarship recipient in 2013. Harden played a role in producing six NESCAC Team titles (four cross country, two track and field), six New England Regional Championships (three cross country, two indoor track and field, one outdoor track and field), 19 All-Americans, and seven Williams school records. He was on the 2014 NESCAC Women’s Track and Field Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prior to Williams, Harden served as a volunteer assistant coach of men’s cross country and track at Davidson College (2010-11), where he helped the Wildcats run four of the top ten 8K cross country times in school history, break five school records, achieve seven All-Southern Conference awards, and win SoCon individual titles in the 800m and 1500m.
A native of Pittsboro, NC, Harden graduated from Davidson College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.
"All of us with Emory Track and Cross Country are thrilled that Lance has accepted our position as Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach,” Curtin stated. “Lance is a bright and personable guy who connected with everyone when he came to campus. His combination of championship-caliber experience both as a runner at Davidson College and as an assistant coach at Williams College make him a great fit for the team we are building here at Emory.”
As a student-athlete at Davidson, Harden was an eight-time First Team All-Southern Conference performer while competing in cross country and indoor and outdoor track, and was the league’s 10,000-meter champion in 2009. By the time his career had concluded, he owned four school records.
Harden is certified USATF Level II.