The seventh person to lead the University of Southern Maine men's cross country program since 1989, Ryan Harkleroad was named the Huskies' cross country head coach prior to the start of the 2013 season. Harkleroad assumed the head coaching duties for the men's track and field program in fall of 2014.
Last season, Harkleroad was named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year for the second time after guiding the Huskies to their second straight conference cross country championship. The Huskies followed that feat by also winning the LEC indoor and outdoor track & field championships to mark the third time in conference history that one school has swept all three conference championships in the same academic year, matching the 2009-10 and 2016-17 USM teams.
USM also posted its seventh Top 10 finish since 1997 at the NCAA Regional meet coming home in 10th place among the 55 teams competing. Four runners earned All-Little East Conference honors, and sophomore Chandler Vincent raced his way to USTFCCCA Division III All-Region honors at the NCAA Regional.
In his first season as cross country head coach, Harkleroad guide the Huskies to a second-place finish at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships, and a 14th-place result at the NCAA New England Regional Championship. He guided five runners to All-Alliance honors and one to the LEC Rookie of the Year award that season. In 2014 and 2015, Harkleroad guided the Huskies to second-place finishes at the LEC meet.
In his five seasons at USM, Harkleroad has mentored two LEC Rookies of the Year (Tyler White, 2013; Nick Harriman, 2016), and six individuals have earned nine All-LEC citations.
A 2003 graduate of the University of Maine, Harkleroad joined the Huskies' staff in 2012 and worked primarily with the distance runners. He previously served as an assistant coach and an academic support counselor at his alma mater for two seasons, including the 2010 outdoor season when the women's coaching staff was selected America East Coaching Staff of the Year.
As an undergraduate at UMaine, he earned eight varsity letters for indoor and outdoor track and was a team captain his senior year. He is a member of the Black Bears' school record indoor and outdoor 4 x 800-meter relay teams, and won a conference 800-meter title. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science, and a master's in adult and higher education from the University of Southern Maine in 2014.