Harvey To Be New Head Track Coach
Feb. 25, 2002
Fred Harvey, associate head coach of the University of Arizona men's and women's track and field teams for 15 years, has been named to succeed UA legend Dave Murray as the UA's head coach beginning next season.
Murray retires in August following 34 years as an Arizona cross country coach and 22 seasons coaching the men's and women's track and field squads. Arizona will conduct a national search for a cross country coach to be named in early July.
Harvey, 43, was promoted as a natural successor. The Wildcat mentor of considerable standing has coached some of the most successful student-athletes in school history as sprints and hurdles coach since 1988.
'It really was one of our more easier hiring decisions,' said senior associate athletics director Kathleen LaRose. 'Among other outstanding attributes, Fred comes highly recommended by one of the best names in the business Dave Murray,' she said.
'Needless to say, I'm very excited. I've been with Dave for 15 years and learned a lot. Now I look forward to implementing some of my coaching philosophy to carry on the program with the same excellence it's shown under his guidance,' Harvey said.
'We're extremely excited about Fred and his ability to continue not only his own great work but the marvelous tradition of our track and field programs. He's had a hand in helping produce superior competitors and exemplary student-athletes who perform in the classroom,' UA director of athletics Jim Livengood said.
Harvey has coached numerous runners who have gone on to earn acclaim at the national and world levels, most recently including current NCAA sprint champion Brianna Glenn and middle distance runner Patrick Nduwimana, a 2000 Olympian for his native Burundi and NCAA 800 meter champion in 2001. Harvey also worked extensively with former Wildcat Michael Bates, the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 meters and a proficient speedster in the National Football League.
Nduwimana and former UA hurdler Michelle Johnson also performed well in the 1999 World Championships in Spain, with the former making the semifinals of the 800m and Johnson finishing sixth in the 400m hurdles.
Harvey has coached three dozen track and field athletes to All-America honors at UA and also has worked closely with other sport programs, notably helping individual football players like NFL draftees Dennis Northcutt and Trung Canidate recently, in the dynamics of sprinting and speed development.Harvey came to Arizona from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo where he was the assistant women's track coach for seven years. He coached 14 NCAA Division II national champions, 52 All-Americans, three Olympians and two Division I All-Americans. During his tenure the Mustangs won four NCAA national championships.
In 1992 Harvey was 200 meters coordinator for the U.S. Track and Field Team, and in 1994 an assistant coach for the Olympic Sports Festival West Team. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Tucson Elite Classic, a world-class summer event televised live from Tucson by ESPN in 1989, and was a West Region development coordinator for The Athletic Congress, among other national affiliations.
Harvey had a successful track career as a collegian at San Jose City College and Cal Poly-SLO. In 1979 he ran the fifth fastest time in the world in the indoor 50 meters and was ranked as high as sixth in the world in the event in 1981. He had personal bests of 10.1 in the 100 meters, 20.78 (200m), 45.7 (400m) and 1:52.8 (800m).
While competing at Cal Poly-SLO, Harvey earned three Division II All-America honors and was a member of the winning 400m relay team at the NCAA Championship.
Harvey received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal Poly in 1982. He and his wife, Janet herself a former elite hurdler and jumper have a son, Lauren, 15, and two daughters, J'Lynn, 8, and Imani Lee, 3.