Twelve-year collegiate coaching veteran Bryan Harmon is in his second season as head coach of the Stetson University men’s and women’s cross country teams.
In his first season, Harmon helped lead the men's team to its highest finish at the ASUN Championship in 29 years. All six runners posted season-highs while four runners posted PR times. Senior Joe Beery became the first-ever Stetson men's runner to earn all-conference honors after finishing ninth in the ASUN Championship while breaking the 8K record for the third time. He also earned ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the third time as well.
Harmon also helped guide the women's team to a sixth-place finish at the ASUN Championship. The women had three runners (Brianne Boldrin, Clarissa Consol, and Laurie Scott) finish under the 19-minute mark, the first time that has happened in any 5K race in school history. Their three times also ranked among the program's seven-fastest 5K marks all-time.
Both programs earned All-Academic Honors from the USTFCCCA.
Harmon came to Stetson from Florida A&M, where he spent the past two years as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs. He was managed all facets of the men’s cross country program, including scheduling, practices, strength training, and academic advising. He also served as the head recruiting coordinator for the men’s cross country and men’s track and field programs.
During his tenure at Florida A&M, Harmon saw 36 of his student-athletes earn all-conference honors and one student-athlete earn All-America status as an NCAA National Championship qualifier. In 2016, four of his athletes won individual MEAC Championships in weight throw, shot put, discuss, and javelin, and he helped guide the women’s track and field program to its second straight MEAC Outdoor Track and Field team championship.
Prior to his time at Florida A&M, Harmon served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach for one year at his alma mater Tiffin University in Ohio. While there, he served as the recruiting coordinator and home meet management operator in addition to his coaching responsibilities.
Harmon spent eight years as the head coach for men’s and women’s cross country at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. He oversaw all facets of the program, including recruiting, scheduling, team travel, academic monitoring, strength and conditioning, and fundraising. In 2007, he helped launch the school’s men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field programs, serving as the head coach for those programs over the next seven years.
From 2010-13, Harmon had athletes represented at each indoor and outdoor NCAA Division II National Championship, highlighted by high jumper Jamil Dudley winning Lake Erie College’s first ever National Championship in 2012. Later that summer, Dudley went on to compete at the 2012 United States Olympic Team Trials.
During his time at Lake Erie, Harmon had six teams earn the USTFCCCA Team Academic Award, four individuals earn USTFCCCA Academic All-American honors, 20 NCAA Division II All-American awards, 48 USTFCCCA all-region honors, 54 Division II national qualifying marks, a 16th place finish at the Indoor NCAA Division II National Championship in 2011 and 2013, and three top 25 team finishes at the Outdoor NCAA Division II National Championship from 2011-13.
Harmon graduated from Tiffin University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Dragons in cross country and a three-year letterwinner in track and field. He competed in the Boston Marathon in 2006 and 2007, earning a 260th place finish out of 10,000 competitors in 2006.
Harmon is a member of the USTFCCCA. He is a native of Mentor, Ohio.