Dave Hartman, who has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished distance coaches in the country, is in his first season at Lamar.
Hartman comes to Lamar after two seasons as the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams at Texas-Pan American. In the 2011 season, he led the men to a second-place finish and the women to a fourth-place finish at the Great West Conference Championships. The UTPA women had the individual champion at the 2011 conference meet.
Prior to his stint at UTPA, Hartman spent four seasons at the University of Georgia as the assistant cross country and track coach, enjoying tremendous success with the Bulldogs.
Hartman took the cross country program to their first-ever simultaneous appearance at the NCAA Championship meet, while guiding the women to the South Regional title in 2006. He then broke the school record with seven men and women earning All-Region accolades. That year, the Lady Bulldogs recorded their best finish at the NCAA Championship meet with a 15th-place finish. Performance on the track was important for Hartman, but so was performance in the classroom.
In 2005, Hartman guided two of his runners to Academic All-American honors along with the women's cross country team be recognized as an All-Academic squad by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In 2007, at the end of the track and field season, Hartman led his crew of runners to four All-American honors and six Southeastern Conference titles. Hartman was also named the 2007 USTFCCCA East Region Men's Distance Coach of the Year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. At the end of his tenure, Hartman finished with six All-Region, five All-SEC runners and one All-American.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Hartman spent six seasons with the Texas A&M Aggies where he guided the men's team to three NCAA appearances and the women's team to its first NCAA Championship meet in the program's history. While at A&M, Hartman produced five cross country All-Americans.
Preceding his stint with the Aggies, Hartman spent two seasons with UTSA where he was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the men's team to its third consecutive conference championship, a runner up finish at the NCAA South Central Regional and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships.
Hartman is no stranger to the track as he himself was dubbed an All-American at Villanova before finishing his career at UTSA where he set the conference record of 29:54.48 in the 10,000 meters and was named the conference's "Outstanding Male Track Athlete" in 1996. Hartman earned his degree in English from UTSA in 1996.
A native of Santa Clara, Calif., Hartman is married to the former Carla Dewey.