Head Coach Jay Hartshorn
In 2005-06, Jennifer “Jay” Hartshornsucceeded Carolyn Court as head coach of women’s cross country and track and field. Court retired in 2005 after 25 years at Bates. During her tenure at Bates, Hartshorn has guided five indoor NCAA All-America performances in four different events, as well as five outdoor NCAA All-America performances in four different events, including one NCAA Championship performance.
Hartshorn came to Bates from Syracuse University, where she served as the top assistant in the track and field program since 2001. She coached the cross country teams and led Syracuse’s distance runners in indoor and outdoor track and field.
Hartshorn, who recently served as a coach at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championship, holds USA Track and Field Levels I and II certifications.
From 1999 to 2001, Hartshorn was the assistant coach of cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field at Smith College, where she earned her master’s degree in exercise and sports studies. Previously, she was assistant indoor and outdoor track and field coach at her alma mater, Colby College, where she graduated in 1995 with a government major. At Colby, Hartshorn was an Academic All-American and NCAA qualifier in cross country, a three-time NCAA All-American in indoor and outdoor track and field, and captain of Colby’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
As a veteran of the NESCAC sports scene, Hartshorn is glad to be back in the highly competitive academic and athletic milieu. “I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to belong to such a great athletic program and athletic conference. NESCAC provides such a great balance for student-athletes competitively and academically,” she said.