AMHERST, Mass. – Cassie Funke-Harris has been promoted to head coach of men's and women's cross country and Stephen Rubin has been named the head coach of men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field at Amherst College, it was announced today by Don Faulstick, director of athletics. Funke-Harris, who also will serve as an assistant track and field coach, becomes the first female head coach of a men's program in Amherst College history.
"I'm extremely excited to announce these promotions," said Faulstick. "Providing more staff and resources for our programs and more clearly defining coaching roles has been a goal of mine. Both Steve and Cassie are completely aligned with how they want to approach both programs and are committed to providing all of our cross country and track student-athletes with the best experience possible."
Funke-Harris has served as Amherst's head coach of women's cross country and track and field since 2012. Before that, she spent six years as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Carleton College, her alma mater, where the women's cross country team captured a pair of MIAC titles and three NCAA Championship berths. She also was instrumental in producing 10 all-conference honorees, 13 all-region performers and a pair of All-America selections there. As a student-athlete, Funke-Harris was a four-year letter-winner for Carleton, notably earning an All-America selection during the 2004 cross country season before graduating with honors in 2005.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the next step in the Amherst cross country and track and field programs," said Funke-Harris. "There is great energy and enthusiasm amongst the athletes and coaching staff, and I am eager to see our student-athletes continue to thrive and build upon the success of their predecessors."
Rubin joined Amherst in 2017 as head coach of men's cross country and track and field, bringing 25 years of collegiate coaching experience with him, including NCAA national championships at both the Division III and Division I levels. Prior to joining Amherst, he served as an assistant track and field coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012-17) and, before that, as the head track and field coach and director of strength and conditioning at Case Western Reserve University (2007-12). Rubin also was the head coach of track and field and cross country at Florida International University (2003-07), the head track and field coach at Washington University in St. Louis (2001-03), and an assistant track and field coach at the University of Miami (1992-2001) and San Francisco City College (1991-92). A 1991 graduate of Emory University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science, Rubin also completed coursework towards a master's degree in exercise physiology at the University of Miami.
"I'm excited to officially begin this new chapter in the growth of Amherst's program," said Rubin. "We've already begun the process of integrating the teams, and it's gotten a great response from the student-athletes. This move will ensure an outstanding level of individual attention from the coaches and an experience for each student that we can really be proud of."
Amherst College prepares students to use ideas to make a difference in the world. Since its 1821 founding in Western Massachusetts, Amherst has demonstrated steadfast confidence in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of critical thinking. Today, its financial aid program is among the most substantial in the nation, and its student body is among the most diverse. Small classes, an open curriculum and a singular focus on undergraduate education ensure that leading scholars engage daily with talented, curious students, equipping them for leadership in an increasingly global and complex world.