Women's Outdoor Track—Coaches

Deb Aitken
Head Coach

Deb Aitken

email: daaitken@colby.edu
phone: 207-859-4905
fax: 207-859-4902
Head coach Deb Aitken, heads into her 29th year at Colby in the 2013-14 academic year, teams up with six dedicated and knowledgeable individuals to provide every athlete with the direction and technical advice for success. Aitken brings more than 30 years of collegiate coaching experience to Mayflower Hill. In her tenure, the Skowhegan, Maine, native has led the women's program to Maine and New England crowns.

Aitken has earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors for both track and field and cross country during the past four years.

Aitken heads up the middle distance/distance runners, high jumpers, and multi-event athletes.

Assistant Coaches

Jared Beers '01 is entering his eighth year as head coach for men's country and track and field at Colby after being an assistant coach for both programs. Beers coaches the men's mid-distance and distance runners and has redesigned the strength and conditioning programs for all sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, and throwers.

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