Men's Outdoor Track—Coaches

Head Coach

Jared Beers '01

phone: 207-859-4935
fax: 207-859-4902
Jared Beers, a 2001 Colby College graduate, is in his eighth year as head coach of the Colby men's cross country/track and field programs in the 2013-14 academic year.

Beers was honored as NESCAC Coach of the Year in men's cross country for the 2013 season.

Beers was the interim head coach for the 2006-07 season and was then selected as the full-time head coach. Beers was an assistant coach for the Colby indoor and outdoor track and field teams for three years. He was the sprints and hurdles coach, but also helped with recruiting and daily practices.

Beers held Colby's 400-meter record at one time during his collegiate career and still is part of the 1,600-meter relay team school record of 3:19.71. Beers, who captained the Mules during his junior and senior years, won numerous track and field titles during his collegiate career. He was the NESCAC champion in the 400 meters in his final year at Colby in 2001 and won the New England Division III title in the 400 on Colby's Alfond Track in 1999.

Beers, a native of Kittery, Maine, earned the track and field team's J. Seelye Bixler Award for the senior who contributes the most to track and field at Colby.

Assistant Coaches

Deb Aitken, Colby's head women's coach in her 29th season, coaches the high jumpers. She also works with middle distance and distance runners and multi-event athletes. Aitken is a past winner of the NESCAC Coach of the Year for track and field and for cross country.

Emily Hackert, a Bowdoin College graduate with assistant coach experience at two colleges, is in her third year as an assistant coach with the Mules in the 2013-14 academic year. 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 in August 2011 --- 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.

Jose "Eric" Garcia, a collegiate 400-meter runner, joined the staff in 2006 as sprint coach. Garcia brings several years of track coaching experience, knowledge, and great enthusiasm. He also serves as an assistant football coach in the fall.

Gene Roy joined the staff in 2006 as pole vault coach. Roy has made a great impact on Colby vaulters, seeing great improvement and consistency. He has coached area pole vaulters for more than 20 years.

Will Barron '00 is in his first year as the throws coach for the men and women's teams. Barron is a 2000 graduate of Colby and still ranks as the Mules' second all-time discus thrower and is top-five all-time for the shot put. He is an active thrower and currently is ranked in the professional class for the Caledonian throwing events in North America.