Hackert named new assistant track and field coach

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: September 1, 2011

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Emily Hackert, a Bowdoin College graduate with assistant coach experience at two colleges, has been named as an assistant track and field coach for Colby College women's head coach Deb Aitken and men's head coach Jared Beers.

Hackert's position with the Mules will concentrate on hurdles, horizontal jumps, and sprints. She was responsible for coaching the horizontal jumps, hurdles, and high jump as an assistant coach at Washington and Jefferson College from 2007 to 2009. Hackert was a graduate assistant coach --- she just earned her master's degree last month --- while coaching the hurdles, sprints, and high jump at Springfield College since 2009.

A versatile athlete during her track and field career at Bowdoin, Hackert competed in numerous events for the Polar Bears. She earned All-New England honors four times, All-New England Small College Athletic Conference once, and All-ECAC twice. Hackert competed in the 200 to 800 meter races, four different relays, hurdles events, high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin, pentathlon, and heptathlon. She was a captain for both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams at Bowdoin in 2006.

While at Washington and Jefferson College, Hackert coached seven Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) champions and three national qualifiers in the horizontal jumps, hurdles, and high jump. She also coached an All-American in the high jump during the 2009 indoor season.

Hackert moved to Springfield and coached a national indoor champion in the triple jump during the 2010 season. She also coached All-Americans in the long jump, triple jump, and 400 relay in the 2010 outdoor season. Hackert just coached an All-American in the heptathlon in the 2011 outdoor season.

Hackert, who attended Centerville High School in Ohio, earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Bowdoin and has a master's in exercise science, with a concentration in sport psychology, from Springfield.