J.W. Hardy has got fans excited as the new Boise State track and cross country coach. He replaces Mike Maynard as the head man for the Broncos. Hardy brings experience in the distance events unseen before in Boise.
has hired J.W. Hardy as the man to guide the Broncos to the next level of
the national track and field scene, Athletic
Director Gene Bleymaier announced Friday afternoon.
Hardy will replace Mike Maynard, who stepped down to
go to UCLA. Hardy, the head track
and field coach and director of cross country at
, comes to
with excellent credentials.
Last season, Hardy's NAU team was sixth in the
nation at the NCAA Championships while the women finished 23rd.
was just ahead of teams like
. UCLA was 25th.
The Lumberjack women finished just ahead of
. Neither of the
teams finished in the Top 25. Hardy
has led his team to three other Top 10 finishes—in 2007, his men's and
women's teams finished fourth and seventh respectively and his 2006 women's
team was 10th.
Hardy has led his team to 16 Big Sky Conference
Championships. His student-athletes
have earned 18 All-American awards, 107 Big Sky Conference individual
championships, have set 22 school records and seven Big Sky records in the last
five years. In addition, his
student-athletes have received over 60 All-Big Sky academic awards with his
program averaging a 3.0 grade-point average.
"I'm very excited about the
opportunity to work with the student-athletes at
and look forward to the challenge
of moving the program to an even higher standard of excellence," Hardy
stated. "I want to thank the administration at
for providing me the opportunity to
grow as a coach, which has made this new opportunity at
Coach Maynard built
into a national power in track and
field. Coach Hardy begins work
Monday to take the program even higher.
, Coach Hardy!