Associate Head Coach
Sprints - Hurdles - Relays
Fred Harvey enters his 13th year as the sprints and hurdles coach for the University of Arizona. Harvey is one of the finest sprint coach in the nation, and he has the opportunity this season to mold a quality group of sprinters into some of the best in the nation. His coaching expertise, combined with his enthusiastic recruiting, has helped Arizona bring in top sprinters and hurdlers.
Harvey has coached some of the most successful athletes in school history. Over the past three years, he has been a significant key in helping senior Carolyn Jackson drop her 400m times to that of the national elite. She has qualified for the NCAA Championships in the quarter-mile the past two years, and is among the best in the country this year.
Several of Harvey's former Arizona sprinters have gone on to earn acclaim at the nation and world levels. At last years' World Championships in Spain, two of Harvey's pupils ran with much success. Wildcats junior Patrick Nduwimana advanced to the semifinals of the 800m and former Arizona hurdler Michelle Johnson finished sixth in the 400m hurdles, running 54.23 in the final.
In addition to his work with the Arizona teams, Harvey also works with former Wildcats, preparing them for post-collegiate competition. He coached 1992 Olympic 200m bronze medalist Michael Bates. Bates is now a kick returner for the National Football League's Carolina Panthers and was named to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 1998 season.
In 1993, Harvey was named the 200 meter coordinator for the USA Track and Field Team. He was also an assistant coach for the 1994 Olympic Sports Festival West Team.
Harvey was also the driving force behind the creation of the Tucson Elite Classic, a unique summer event that was televised live by ESPN in 1989. He has also been the West Region TAC development coordinator.
Harvey, originally from San Francisco, came to Arizona from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. There, he was the assistant women's coach for seven years and coached 14 NCAA Division II national champions, 52 Division II All-Americans and two Division I All-Americans. Additionally, he coached three Olympians, including 1980 team member Bart Williams. During his seven year stint at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, the Mustangs won four Division II national titles.
Harvey was a fine athlete himself at San Jose City College and Cal Poly-SLO. He was one of the finest sprinters in the nation from 1979 through 1981. In 1979, he ran 5.81 in the indoor 50m, the fifth fastest time in the world that year. In 1981, he was ranked as high as sixth in the world in the same event. During his competitive years, Harvey had personal-best times of 10.1 (100m), 20.78 (200m), 45.7 (400m) and 1:50.2 (800m).
While competing at Cal Poly-SLO, Harvey earned three Division II All-America honors and was a member of the winning 400m relay team at the Division II National Championships.
He received his bachelor's degree in 1982 from Cal Poly-SLO. He is married to Janet Harvey, a former elite hurdler and long jumper. The couple has a son, Lauren, and two daughters, J'Lynn and Imani Lee.