BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University has a new head coach for the men's and women's track and field / cross country program, and his name is J.W. Hardy.  Bronco Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier made the announcement today (Friday, Aug. 14).

            Hardy, who has been the head track and field coach / director of cross country at Northern Arizona University the past five seasons, replaces Mike Maynard who recently resigned his position at Boise State to become the head men's track and field / cross country coach at UCLA.

            "I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with the student-athletes at Boise State and look forward to the challenge of moving the program to an even higher standard of excellence," Hardy stated.  "I want to thank the administration at Northern Arizona for providing me the opportunity to grow as a coach, which has made this new opportunity at Boise State possible."

            Since taking over the head coaching duties of Lumberjack program in the fall of 2004, Hardy has guided the program to unprecedented heights.  Sixteen (16) times his teams have won Big Sky Conference Championships, including five just this past season when the Lumberjacks won the 2008 men's and women's cross country titles, the 2009 men's and women's indoor championships and the 2009 men's outdoor championship.  NAU just missed out on a sixth league title during the 2008-09 season when his women's outdoor team placed second.

            At the national level this past year, the NAU men's cross country team placed sixth at the NCAA Championships while his women's team finished 23rd.  At the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships Hardy's Lumberjack team placed 32nd.  Three other times his teams have recorded a top 10 finish at nationals.  At the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships his men's and women's teams finished fourth and seventh respectively, while his 2006 women's team placed 10th at the NCAA National Indoor Championships.

            Hardy coached student-athletes have earned a total of 18 NCAA All-American awards, while 107 times they came away with an individual Big Sky Conference Championship.  His student-athletes set 22 NAU records and seven Big Sky championship records over the past five seasons.

            His teams have also excelled in the classroom with student-athletes receiving over 60 All-Big Sky academic awards, and his program averaging a 3.0 grade-point-average (GPA). 

            A graduate of Northern Arizona, where he was a member of the track and field team, Hardy began his coaching career as an assistant track and field coach at Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Arizona.  He joined the Lumberjack coaching staff in 1997 serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for NAU.  He was named the Lumberjack's head coach prior to the start of the 2004-05 academic year.

            Hardy's first official day at Boise State is Monday (Aug. 17).                        

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