FAYETTEVILLE – In recognition of his standout career, University of Arkansas women’s cross country and track and field head coach Lance Harter will be inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame. Harter will begin his 25th year as the Razorback women’s head coach when his team toes the line for the start of the 2014 cross country season in September.
Harter is one of six members of the Class of 2014 inductees and will be joined by Chris Daymont, Tom Donnelly, Joey Haines, Ed Nuttycombe and the late Johnny Thomas. The 2014 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Monday, Dec. 15, at the organization’s annual convention in Phoenix.
Through the first 24 years of his career at Arkansas, Harter has led the Razorbacks to 13 NCAA top-five finishes, including four national cross country runner-up performances, and 22 Southeastern Conference (SEC) team titles, including the most recent addition with the 2014 outdoor title in Lexington, Ky. Individually, Harter’s Razorback student-athletes have won 15 NCAA event titles and 133 conference event titles.
As a reflection of his Arkansas’ success on the national level, Harter has been named the USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year on three occasions and SEC Coach of the Year for each of his team’s 22 titles. The Razorbacks’ conference titles including 14 cross country, four indoor track and field and four outdoor track and field crowns. During the 2013-14 athletic season, Arkansas won two—cross country, outdoor track and field—of the three SEC legs.
Prior to his days in Fayetteville, Harter won 13 Division II national team titles at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo which still stands as the fifth-largest collection by a Division II coach in any sport. Individually, he guided his student-athletes to 30 national event titles in his time at Cal Poly-SLO.
In addition to numerous other national and regional coaching awards, Harter has previously been inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Honor, Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame and Cal Poly Hall of Fame. On the international level, Harter served as the assistant coach for Team USA at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and head coach of Team USA at the 1999 IAAF World Championship in Seville, Spain.
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