Howard Welcomes New Track & Field Coach, Marc Harrison
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 09:02
Marc Harrison was named the new head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field program on February 11, taking over for former coach Curtis Pittman. Harrison, who also handles cross country head coaching duties, brings experience as an administrator, coaching track and field, and even football in the past 20 years. He was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Track Coach of the Year three times as well as NCAA Regional Coach of the Year twice.
“I want to make sure every student athletes here is a great student-athlete, student being first and athlete being a very close second,” says Harrison. “Everybody is not going to the Olympics, everybody isn’t even going to make it to MEAC championships but if you’re not doing those things we want to make sure that your GPA is the greatest, and that your track and field experience is the greatest.”
The Bucknell University graduate began his career coaching at Coppin State as the sprints and jump coach as well as the being the strength and conditioning coordinator. After a brief stop at Morgan State, Harrison would go onto Bowie State as the wide receivers and kick returners coach on the football team and head coach of the track and field team. It is there that he was responsible for 35 NCAA All-Americans and five Arthur Ashe Scholars.
One athlete who’d like to benefit from Harrison’s coaching experience is Nasir Young, a sophomore from Chester, Pa. who runs the 400 Meter dash for Howard’s track and field team.
Young says, “He’s (Harrison) a cool dude. He coached at Cheyney and several other colleges, but most importantly between he and the other two coaches, they are going to put Howard track and field on the map.”
Harrison also boasts experience on the administrative side of things too, serving a number of positions in that respect at Bowie State and the University of the District of Columbia, including faculty advisor for the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Director of Compliance and Student Services.
It is this administrative experience that helped draw him to Athletic Director Louis “Skip” Perkins, who describes Harrison as being “resourceful”.
“He’s worked at several different Historically Black College track programs and he’s been successful everywhere he’s gone,” says Perkins. “He’s trained some great student athletes and has been the coach of the year in the region and the conference and he’s done it with limited resources, no excuses. He gets the job done.”
Most recently, he worked at Cheyney University as head coach of the women’s cross country and track and field program. Again, he would help a number of his players grasp records and accolades on the track, this time at the Division II level.
Harrison says, “I was a Bison when I was in high school with the Woodbury Thundering Herd, I was a Bucknell Bison when I went to college, and I think I need to end my career here as the Howard Bison head coach.”