Cassie Funke-Harris
Cassie Funke-Harris
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 413-542-5547
Season: 1st

Cassie Funke-Harris

Men's Cross Country
First Season

  • Named the Head Coach of the Men's Cross Country program in June 2018, Funke-Harris becomes the First Female Head Coach of a Men's Program in Amherst College History

Women's Cross Country
Seventh Season

  • Coached Eight All-NESCAC Selections, Three NESCAC Most Outstanding Performers (Individual Champions) and Two NESCAC Rookie of the Years
  • Mentored Five USTFCCCA All-Americans
  • Guided Teams to 26 Top-Five Finishes in 44 Total Races
  • Six Consecutive Top-8 Finishes at the 50-Plus Team NCAA Regionals
  • Two Top-8 Finishes at the NCAA Championships

The first female head coach of a men's program in Amherst College history, Cassie Funke-Harris enters her first season at the helm of the Amherst College men’s cross country program in 2018 after six successful years as the head coach of the women's cross country program.

Acting as an assistant coach to the men's program in 2017, Funke-Harris helped guide the Mammoths to a historic season that included capturing a program-best fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships and the program's first NESCAC Championship team title. Entering the national meet as the No. 8 ranked team in the nation, Amherst secured the No. 4 spot in the final USTFCCCA rankings of the year. For their performances on the course, Amherst secured two All-American nods and five All-Conference selections, while Clark Ricciardelli '20 became the fourth-ever men's cross country harrier to earn Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.

Amherst College Announces Promotion for Cross Country Head Coach Cassie Funke-Harris

Prior to her 2012 arrival in the Pioneer Valley, Funke-Harris spent six years as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at her alma mater, Carleton College. She was a four-year letter-winner for the Knights, notably earning an All-America selection during the 2004 cross country season before graduating with honors in 2005.

During her coaching tenure at Carleton, Funke-Harris helped the women’s cross country team capture a pair of MIAC titles and three NCAA Championship berths. She was instrumental in producing 10 all-conference honorees, 13 all-region performers and a pair of All-America selections.

Also working with the women’s track & field program, Funke-Harris helped guide Carleton student-athletes to 19 individual MIAC titles, 34 all-conference selections, 19 NCAA provisional qualifying marks and nine All-America performances.The Knights’ cross country and track & field teams have garnered 21 USTFCCCA All-Academic Awards in the last six years, as well as a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Carleton in 2005, Funke-Harris earned her master’s in kinesiology and exercise physiology from the University of Texas-Austin in 2008. She holds a USATF Level I Coaching Certification, having also participated in the National Distance Running Summit in Grinnell, Iowa in 2011.