Former NCAA qualifier Derek Footer is in his second season as the assistant coach for the track & field program.
Footer is the first full-time assistant for the program that began competing in the 2008-09 season. Footer was a two-time national qualifier to the NCAA meet in the 110m hurdles. He placed ninth in the nation during his freshman season and 18th his sophomore season.
He also was a three-time American Southwest Conference champion in both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Footer was also a member of the HSU football team during his career at HSU.
His coaching background includes one year as a volunteer track & field coach at Texas Christian University. He was also a performance coach at Michael Johnson Performance. He spent a year as a graduate assistant track & field coach at Hardin-Simmons and worked in the HSU human performance lab.
He is a certified level 1 track & field coach through USA Track & Field and is 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.
He is married to Sadie Drew Footer.