Fred Harvey enters his 10th year as the Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field. After 15 years as an assistant and associate head coach at the University of Arizona, Harvey took the reins of the program during the 2002-03 season and led the men's team to six-consecutive top-25 finishes outdoors and the women to top-25 finishes in each of the last five seasons, both indoors and outdoors.
Harvey and his coaching staff have recruited another strong batch of student-athletes this season and the chances of continuing the top-25 streaks look to be in good shape. Over the years of his head coaching career, 22 men have earned 66 All-America honors and 20 women have earned 44 All-America certificates under Harvey and six Arizona student-athletes earned 11 NCAA Individual Championships.
He was named the 2011 Pac-10 Men's and Women's Coach of the Year and, on the national scene, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association named Harvey its West Region Men's and Women's Coach of the Year. Harvey led both squads to runners-up finishes at the Pac-10 Conference Championships before taking the teams to top-10 national finishes with the women finishing fifth and the men seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Harvey has worked countless hours to create his "Template for Success." The top-three factors in this template include recruiting the top student-athletes, recruiting the top staff and having the total support of his athletic department. His coaching expertise, combined with his enthusiastic recruiting, has continually kept Arizona ranked among the top teams in the nation since his promotion to head coach.
During Harvey's tenure, the Wildcats have signed over 31 U.S. high school state champions, three U.S. Junior Champions, one Chinese National Junior Champion, three National Junior College Champions and one NCAA Division III National Champion.
In recruiting the top staff members, Harvey has been able to lure some of the top coaches in the world to Arizona. Dr. James Li serves as associated head track and field coach and head cross country coach. With assistant coach Erin Dawson, they work with UA's middle distance and distance runners. Assistant coach Craig Cater is charged with Arizona's throwing group, assistant coach Francesca Green works with the sprints and relays and Sheldon Blockburger guides the jumps, pole vault and combined events.
A native of San Francisco, Harvey came to Arizona from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, where he was the assistant women's coach for seven years and coached 14 NCAA Division II National Champions, 52 NCAA Division II All-Americans and two Division I All-Americans. During his seven-year stint, the Mustangs won four NCAA Division II National titles.
Harvey was selected to coach the U.S. men at the 2003 Pan American Games. During the five-day event in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he led the team to 21 total medals - seven gold, seven silver and seven bronzes.
Harvey's most noted Olympian is local Tucsonan Michael Bates. Bates was the 1992 bronze medalist in the 200-meter dash at the Barcelona Games before going on to an illustrious career in the NFL as a kick returner. At the 2000 Olympic Games, Patrick Nduwimana, a Harvey pupil, advanced to the semifinals in the 800 meters. Others who advanced to Olympian status include triple jumper Yuliana Perez, long jumper Mareike Veltman and sprinter/hurdlers Lade and Tayo Akinremi. Harvey's male Olympians also include sprinters Troy Douglass, Bart Williams and Joe SaiSai.
Another of Harvey's student-athletes, hurdler Michelle Johnson, nearly made the U.S. Olympic team in the 400-meter hurdles. In her competing tenure, however, she was a four-time All-American and 1999 World Championship team member. At the 1999 World Championships in Spain, Nduwimana advanced to the semifinals of the 800 meters for his native Burundi and Johnson finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles, running 54.23 in the final.
He developed Brianna Glenn into one of the top female sprinters and long jumpers in the nation. In 2001, Glenn won the 200-meter dash and the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming the only athlete in history to accomplish that feat. She would go on to win the long jump title at the USA Championships in 2003. She was a member of Team USA for the 2001 World Championships and the 2002 World Cup.
In 2001, Harvey added to his resume, becoming Arizona's Sprint Development Coach, working with the Wildcat football team. He trained the football players in the dynamics of sprinting and speed development that season, and it made a noticeable difference on the field.
In 2004, Harvey was named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Executive Committee. In 2005, Harvey was also named as a Vice Chair for the USTFCCCA Advisory Board.
He was a fine student-athlete himself at San Jose City College and Cal Poly-SLO. In 1979, he ran 5.81 in the indoor 50 meters, the fifth-fastest time in the world that year. In 1981, he ran the sixth-fastest time in the world in the same event. During his competitive years, Harvey had personal-best times of 10.1 (100 meters), 20.78 (200 meters), 45.7 (400 meters) and 1:50.2 (800 meters). While competing at Cal Poly-SLO, Harvey earned three NCAA Division II All-America honors and was a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay team at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Harvey earned his bachelor's degree from Cal Poly-SLO in 1983. He is married to Janet Harvey, a former elite hurdler and long jumper. They have a son, Lauren, and two daughters, J' Lynn and Imani Lee.