In his second year as the head coach of the University of Southern Maine men's track & field program, Ryan Harkleroad has been with the Huskies' track & field and cross country programs for four years. Harkleroad has served as the Huskies' head coach for cross country since the 2013 season.
During the 2014-15 season, Coach Harkleroad led the Huskies to their second consecutive runner-up finish at the Little East Conference Cross Country Championships and conference titles during the indoor and outdoor season (first time winning both in the same year since 2009-2010) and also earned LEC Indoor and Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year Honors. The Huskies had a program best fourth-place finish at the NEICAAA Open New England Indoor Championships and a program best sixth-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Indoor National Championships. The Huskies set school records in five events, qualified six athletes in five events (triple jump, long jump, 4x400m, 400m, 800m) for the NCAA Championships, and earned 6 All-American honors (National Champion in triple jump, runner-up in long jump, and seventh place in 4x400m relay).
The 2015 Outdoor season saw five additional school records (100m, 4x100m, 4x800m, long jump, triple jump) and three LEC Conference records (4x100m, 4x800m, triple jump). Five athletes in three events (long jump, triple jump, 4x400m) qualified for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor National Championships bringing home two more All-American Honors (National Champ in long jump, runner-up in triple jump) and Jamie Ruginski was named the USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year for the second time.
Prior to coming to USM, Harkleroad served as an Academic Support Counselor and Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach for two years at the University of Maine. On the track, Coach Harkleroad worked primarily with the UMaine male and female distance runners. During the 2009-10 season, the UMaine women’s team earned conference runner-up honors during the cross country and outdoor track season which earned the UMaine Staff Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year Honors.
Harkleroad earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maine in 2003 and his master's in adult and higher education from the University of Southern Maine in 2014. While a student at UMaine, he earned four varsity letters as a member of the track & field teams, won a conference 800-meter title, numerous conference and New England titles as a member of the 4x800m team, and served as the team captain his senior year.
|Title:||Men's Track and Field Assistant Coach|
|Previous College:||Southern Connecticut|
Now in his 11th season as an assistant coach with the USM men’s track & field program, Mike Drummey has provided invaluable guidance to the Huskies’ men and women’s pole vaulters.
One of the top pole vaulters in New England during his collegiate days at Southern Connecticut State University, Drummey won the NCAA Division Two indoor and outdoor pole vault championships in 1995, and was runner-up indoors and third outdoors in 1994. During his career, he earned All-American honors six times (three indoor, three outdoor). Drummey won the outdoor IC4A title and was third at the Penn Pelays in 1994. He still holds the SCSU school record indoors (17-8 1/2) and outdoors (17-6 1/2).
During his tenure with the USM men and women’s track & field programs, Drummey has coached three All-Americans (Wil Snyder, 2004; Melissa Bellemore, 2006; Bethany Dumas, 2011) and 39 Little East Conference champions.
|Title:||Men's Track and Field Assistant Coach|
Charlie Ewers begins his second season with the USM men's cross country and track & field programs leading the sprints group, co-coaching the jumps, and assisting with the cross country team.
During the 2014-15 season, Coach Ewers' athletes set indoor track school records in the 55m, 60m, 200m, and long jump. His athletes were key contributors to a team that claimed the Little East Conference Championship, place a program best fourth at the Open New England Championships, and a program best sixth at the 2015 NCAA Indoor National Championships. He guided athletes to All-American honors in the 4x400m relay, long jump and triple jump.
During the 2015 outdoor season, Coach Ewers' athletes continued their record breaking ways with school records in the 100m, 4x100m, long jump, and triple jump, as well as a conference meet record in the 4x100m relay. At the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Coach Ewers had athletes qualify for the 4x400m relay, long jump, and triple jump, which led to two additional All-American honors.
Prior to joining the staff at USM, Ewers taught English and coached at the high school level in Connecticut (Ledyard High School) and Massachusetts (Whitinsville Christian) for 30 plus years. His high school teams won 6 Connecticut Class MM Cross Country State titles, including five consecutive from 2000-2004.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Ewers was a competitive road racer hitting bests of 55 minutes for 10 miles and 2:39 for the marathon, and was a high school 880y champion.