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Lance Harter
Lance Harter

Lance Harter

#RazorFacts

  • 471 All-Americans
  • 22 NCAA Event Titles
  • 31-Time SEC Coach of the Year
  • USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame
  • 2015 National Indoor Championship
  • 2016 National Outdoor Championship
  • 22 NCAA Regional Championships
  • 32 SEC Titles
  • 3-straight SEC Triple Crown

The most successful coach in University of Arkansas and Southeastern Conference women’s cross country and track and field history, Lance Harter is in his 28th year at the helm of the Razorbacks program.

Harter was inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame on December 15, 2014, at the organization’s convention in Phoenix. He is also a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, Mt. SAC Relays hall of Fame and Cal Poly Hall of Fame.

During his tenure, his cross country and track & field squads have been incredibly consistent. His programs have won every conference title since the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championship, winning 10 straight titles, and becoming the first program since LSU in 1987-91 to four-peat at the outdoor championships in the 2017.

Harter cemented his place in Razorback history in 2015 by winning the NCAA Indoor National Title, the first ever title by a women’s program at the University of Arkansas, and repeated in 2016 when his outdoor team won the NCAA title. With two national titles, he remains the only coach of a women’s program to win a title. The 2015 indoor season marked another first for the Razorback women when the program received its first-ever No. 1 Ranking when the USTFCCCA released the Feb. 16 national poll.

His track program returned to prominence in 2016, as the Razorback women posted their second-highest NCAA finish, earning silver by just a three-point margin at the 2016 Indoors.

Overall, Harter has guided Arkansas to 29 top-10 NCAA finishes (10 cross country, 12 indoor track and seven outdoor) in his tenure including 16 top-five performances. Through the 2015 outdoor season, the Razorbacks have finished third or better in 78 percent (56 of 72) of SEC Championship meets under his watch. Arkansas has never finished lower than third at an SEC cross country meet.

Continuing his legacy of training athletes that are nationally renowned through cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field, Harter transformed South African native Scott into one of the most versatile distance runners to ever compete on the collegiate circuit. The only five-time NCAA national champion in program history Dominic Scott-Efurd was named the NCAA Indoor Runner of the Year in 2015 and was recognized as a semifinalist for the prestigious Bowerman Award in 2016. Under Harter’s guidance Scott set seven program records during her tenure as a Razorback. Scott along with Therese Haiss, Kamilos and Sparkle McKnight own the second best performance in the NCAA history in the distance-medley relay.

Harter’s dominance was noticed at the national level, as he has been a coach of Team USA five times. He was head coach of Team USA at the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Spain.

Personal

A 1972 graduate of Texas Tech, Harter set several school records as a member of the cross country and track teams. A dean’s list honoree every semester at Tech, he earned his degree in physical education and American history. He earned his master’s in education from Colorado State in 1974, focusing on physiology of exercise. He has completed doctoral hours at both Colorado and Colorado State.

Championships

  • 2015 NCAA Indoor Champions
  • 2016 NCAA Outdoor Champions

Conference Championships

Cross Country 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Indoor 2000, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Outdoor 2000, 2001, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Regional Championships

Cross Country 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

 Coach of the Year Awards

SEC Cross Country 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
SEC Indoor 1998, 2000, 2001, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
SEC Outdoor 2000, 2001, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016

Individual National Champions

  • 1991- Jamie Park, 10,000M
  • 1995- Trine Pilkog, MILE | Sara Schwalk, 3,000M
  • 2000- Amy Yoder-Begley, 5,000M (Indoor)
  • 2001- Tracy Robertson, MILE
  • 2005- Aneita Denton, 800M (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • 2014- DMR (S. Brown, G. Heymsfield, D. Scott, C. Williams)
  • 2015- DMR (T. Haiss, J. Kamilos, Sparkle Mcknight, D. Scott)
  • 2106- Dominique Scott, 5,000M & 10,000MM (Outdoor)

Academic All-Americans

  • Kim Mount (2x)
  • Claire Lavers
  • Rene Pillow
  • Megan Flowers (2x)
  • Jessica Koch
  • Jessica Daily (2x)
  • Amy Yoder
  • Lilli Kleinmann
  • Tracy Robertson
  • Andreina Byrd (2x)
  • Marie LeJour
  • Jamie Walker
  • Josh Landreth
  • Jessica Johnson (2x)
  • Maureen Scott (2x)
  • Laura Jakosky
  • Penny Splichal
  • Denise Bargiachi
  • Tara Diebold (3x)
  • Katie Stripling (2x)
  • Tina Sutej
  • Keri Wood
  • Sandi Morris (2x)
  • Taylor Ellis-Watson
  • Lexi Weeks
  • Tori Weeks