Beginning his fourth season as the head coach of the USM men's track & field program, Ryan Harkleroad assumed the reigns of the program in 2014-15 season after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons.
Last year, Harkleroad led the Huskies to a sweep of the Little East Conference cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field championships for the just the second time in conference history matching the achievement of the 2009-10 USM teams. Harkleroad was named the cross country Coach of the Year, and he and his staff were selected by their peers as the indoor and outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year. In the past three seasons under Harkleroad's direction, the Huskies have swept the LEC indoor and outdoor championships.
In his first season, 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 earning 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 six 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 champion in long jump, runner-up in triple jump) and Jamie Ruginski was named the USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year.
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 USM 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 '96|
Now in his 12th 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 four All-Americans (Wil Snyder, 2004; Melissa Bellemore, 2006; Bethany Dumas, 2011; Molly Gibeault, 2017) and 41 Little East Conference champions.
|Title:||Men's Track and Field Assistant Coach|
|Previous College:||UMass Amherst|
The newest addition to the coaching staff, Courtney Kromko, is in her first season as an assistant coach with the USM Men’s Track and Field program. Kromko will contribute to the coaching staff by leading the jumps.
Previously, she was a graduate assistant with USM Women’s Track and Field program. She had the opportunity to coach an All-American (Peyton Dostie, 2016) and was a part of the LEC Coaching Staff of the Year (indoor and outdoor) in 2016 and 2017 following Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championship team titles. During this two-year period, Kromko completed her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at USM. In addition to her coaching experience, Kromko is a nationally certified USA Track and Field Official and a part of the USATF Rules Committee.
Prior to joining the USM staff, Kromko was a student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts Amherst primarily competing in the long and triple jump.
In 2014, Kromko was runner-up in the long jump (5.81/19-0 ¾) at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships, and won the long jump (5.71m/18-9) and was third in the triple jump (12.25m/40-2 ¼) at the NEICAAA New England Championships, and received the women’s most outstanding field performer in 2014.
During the 2015 indoor season, Kromko won the Atlantic 10 indoor championship in the long jump (5.71m/18-8 ¾) and was runner-up in the triple jump (11.74m/38-6 ¼).