Head Coach Cassie Funke-Harris
In July of 2012, Cassie Funke-Harris was named head coach of the Lord Jeffs’ women’s cross country and track & field programs. In her first season at the helm of the cross country program, she led the Jeffs to a third-place finish at the NESCAC Championships and a fifth-place showing out of 51 teams at the NCAA Regionals. Helping to guide the Jeffs to a 10th-consecutive NCAA Championship, Amherst placed 16th behind All-American Keri Lambert's third-place finish.
Prior to her 2012 arrival, Funke-Harris spent six years as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at her alma mater, Carleton College. She was a four-year letter-winner for the Knights, notably earning an All-America selection during the 2004 cross country season before graduating with honors in 2005.
During her coaching tenure at Carleton, Funke-Harris helped the women’s cross country team capture a pair of MIAC titles and three NCAA Championship berths. She was instrumental in producing 10 all-conference honorees, 13 all-region performers and a pair of All-America selections.
Also working with the women’s track & field program, Funke-Harris helped guide Carleton student-athletes to 19 individual MIAC titles, 34 all-conference selections, 19 NCAA provisional qualifying marks and nine All-America performances.The Knights’ cross country and track & field teams have garnered 21 USTFCCCA All-Academic Awards in the last six years, as well as a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree.
Earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Carleton in 2005, Funke-Harris earned her master’s in kinesiology and exercise physiology from the University of Texas-Austin in 2008. She holds a USATF Level I Coaching Certification, having also participated in the National Distance Running Summit in Grinnell, Iowa in 2011.