NEW ORLEANS, La. — Amherst College men's cross country head coach Cassie Funke-Harris has been named the 2018 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Region Coach of the Year, as announced recently by the organization.
Funke-Harris garners the regional accolade as the top Division III men's cross country coach in New England after leading the Mammoths to a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships in her first season at the helm of the program.
The reigning NESCAC Coach of the Year, Funke-Harris' selection marks just the second time in program history an Amherst coach has taken home the regional coach of the year award, with the Mammoths last capturing the laurel in 2007.
Not missing a beat since taking over the reigns last summer, Funke-Harris mentored one All-American harrier and three All-NESCAC runners en route to guiding the team to the Little III Championship title, the NESCAC Championship title, and the NCAA New England Regional crown in 2018.
Funke-Harris in one of seven coaches across the nation to earn the region's top coaching award as voted on by her fellow DIII coaches. She is joined by John Lynch (RPI / Atlantic), Ryan Chapman (Wartburg / Central), Brian Diemer (Calvin / Great Lakes), Tim Connelly (Carnegie Mello / Mideast), Robert Shankman (Rhodes / South) and Jordan Carpenter (Pomona-Pitzer / West) as a 2018 USTFCCCA Regional Coach of the Year.