Hartman joins UTSA track & field/cross country coaching staff
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Aaron Fox announced Friday that former Roadrunners student-athlete and coach David Hartman has joined his coaching staff. Hartman, who will oversee the team's distance program in addition to serving as the head cross country coach, replaces Associate Head Coach Scott Slade, who will resign when his contract runs out on Aug. 31 to pursue other non-coaching opportunities.
"My family and I are very excited to be returning to San Antonio and rejoining the Roadrunners family," Hartman said. "Coach Fox has built one of the top programs in the South Central Region and I hope to help UTSA continue its success as it begins its second season as a member of Conference USA."
"David brings a wealth of experience to our program and I expect his impact to be felt immediately within our distance program," Fox said. "He was an award-winning and highly-decorated student-athlete and coach earlier in his career here and he still even holds one of our school records.
"I hate to see Scott go but want to thank him for all his hard work, dedication and contributions toward our success the last eight years. He will be missed."
Hartman has picked up extensive coaching experience throughout his career in the Big Ten, Big 12, Southeastern and Southland conferences.
The Santa Clarita, Calif., native returns to UTSA after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Purdue, where he was in charge of the Boilermakers' distance/cross country programs.
Prior to his time in West Lafayette, Ind., Hartman helped develop elite middle distance and distance runners for Lamar during the 2012 track & field seasons. He coached seven Southland Conference individual champions while in Beaumont.
Hartman spent three years as the head track & field/cross country coach at Texas-Pan American from 2008-11 after serving as an assistant at Georgia the previous four years.
While with the Bulldogs, he coached 10 SEC individual champions and the women's cross country program qualified for the NCAA Championships all four of his seasons, including a victory at the 2006 NCAA South Regional.
From 1998-2004, Hartman was an assistant at Texas A&M.
The Aggies advanced to four NCAA Championships (three women/one men), including a women's crown at the 2000 NCAA South Central Regional, and he also helped lead the A&M men to the 2001 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship. All told, Hartman coached a dozen Big 12 individual gold medalists and a total of 85 all-conference performers in his six campaigns in College Station.
Following a decorated career for UTSA, he coached the Roadrunners from 1996-98.
The men's cross country program qualified for the national meet in 1997 in addition to the women capturing the Southland's outdoor track & field crown the following spring. Hartman, who was tabbed the league's 1997 Cross Country Coach of the Year, mentored eight Southland champions and 30 all-conference selections in his first stint in the Alamo City.
The list of coaching accomplishments for Hartman also includes 22 All-Americans and he has been honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association four times with regional coaching accolades.
Before embarking on his coaching career, Hartman was a stellar distance/cross country runner at both Villanova (1991-94) and UTSA (1994-96).
He was an All-American in 1992 and part of a Wildcats team that finished fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships that year. The following fall, he helped lead Villanova to the Big East Cross Country Championship.
Hartman went on to be named the 1995 Southland Cross Country Athlete of the Year after winning the league crown in his first campaign as a Roadrunner. All told, he won a total of seven league individual titles in cross country and track & field and still holds the school's indoor 5,000 meters record.
Hartman, who graduated from UTSA in 1997 with a degree in English, is married to the former Carla Dewey, who also was an decorated student-athlete for UTSA as a member of the Roadrunners volleyball program from 1993-96. The couple has one son, Julien, and a daughter, Sascha.