Footer Named Assistant Track and Field Coach

Footer Named Assistant Track and Field Coach
ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' has tabbed former NCAA qualifier Derek Footer as its new assistant coach for the track and field program.

Footer is the first full-time assistant for the program that started competing in the 2008-09 season. Footer was a two-time national qualifier to the NCAA meet in the 100 hurdles. He placed ninth during his freshman season.

He also was a three-time American Southwest Conference champion in both the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles. Footer was also a member of the HSU football team during his career at HSU.

He has spent the just completed school year as a volunteer track and field coach at Texas Christian University and spent last summer working at the Michael Johnson Performance Center. He also spent a year as a graduate assistant coach at Hardin-Simmons and also worked in the HSU human performance lab.

He is working on a coaching education certification from USA Track and Field and is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Footer has a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a master's degree in kinesiology both from Hardin-Simmons.
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