Harkins Returns To Heps


Paul Harkins — an assistant coach at New Mexico State for the last four seasons — is coming across the country to become the men’s cross country coach at Yale University. It isn’t his first gig in the Ivy League, as he served as an assistant at Brown before heading West.

Harkins helped the New Mexico State women’s harriers to their first WAC championship in school history in 2009, just two years after he took over a team that had finished seventh in 2006. He was also a part of the men’s cross country team’s highest finish in school history — second place in 2010.

“After an extensive national search it was clear who our top candidate was,” said Shoehalter. “Paul’s experience with turning around the program at New Mexico State along with his time working in the Ivy League made him the best possible choice for our program.  He’s going to hit the ground running, since the cross country season begins in just a couple of weeks!”

A 2000 University of Washington economics graduate, he ran cross country and track for the Huskies.

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