Athletics: Track & Field
Head Coach Brad Hackett
Jumps and Pole Vault
Brad Hackett was hired as Muhlenberg's first full-time head coach of track and field since 1990 in September 1999. In his first 15 seasons as head coach, the Mules have virtually rewritten the record book, combining to set more than 80 school records, and produced 13 All-America performances.
In 2005, Hackett was named Mideast Region coach of the year after leading the Muhlenberg women's team to the Centennial Conference outdoor championship – the first in program history.
During Hackett's tenure, the Mules also have recorded 10 second-place finishes at the CC Championships (three for the men indoors, three for the women indoors,
In 2003, the Mule men crowned their first All-Americans (one individual and one relay team indoors and one individual outdoors) and finished 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The women had their first All-American in 2006.
For the first time in 2013, Muhlenberg had three different athletes earn All-America honors in individual events, and the men's and women's teams both produced All-Americans in the same year for the first time.
Hackett, a 1983 graduate of Colgate University, has coached at the collegiate level for more than 20 years, including one academic year (1994-95) during which he was acting head coach of cross country and track at Syracuse University. He was at Syracuse from 1988 to 1997 following a three years as an assistant at Bucknell and two at Colgate.
From November 1998 to June 2005, Hackett served as chair of the Men's Development Committee for USA Track and Field, the sport's governing body in this country. He was responsible for all aspects of men's development in all events, including talent identification and athlete tracking at the junior elite, emerging elite and elite levels.
Hackett, who also is Muhlenberg's director of intramurals and recreation, was appointed head manager of the United States men's team for the 2007 Junior Pan Am Games in Brazil. He served as head manager of the United States team for the 2002 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Cup, held in Madrid, Spain, and was assistant manager for the 2001 Outdoor World Championships in Edmonton.
Hackett was the men's national triple jump chair for USA Track and Field from 1993 to 1998 and served as national spokesperson for the event. He also did marketing, promotion and sales for M-F Athletic Company, a producer of track and field equipment that was named official supplier by Athletics Canada, the sport's governing body north of the border.
Assistant Coach Steve Finley
Middle Distance and Distance
Bicoastal steeplechase All-American Steve Finley was hired as head cross country and assistant track and field coach in 2013.
Finley is a 2010 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up in the steeplechase. As a senior, he finished 11th in the event at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors. After graduating from Virginia, Finley transferred to the University of Oregon to take graduate classes, and in his final year of athletic eligibility, he posted the top collegiate time of the year in the steeplechase and placed 13th at the NCAA Championships.
Finley qualified for the USA Track & Field Championships in the steeple three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011, advancing to the final and placing 13th in 2011. Following his collegiate career, he competed as an athlete for Oregon Track Club Elite, training with an international group of professional athletes.
Finley attended Palatine (Ill.) High School, where he was the 2005 state champion in cross country and placed 33rd at the Foot Locker national championships in San Diego.
Assistant Coach Doug Finley
Sprints and Hurdles
Doug Finley joined the Muhlenberg staff as assistant cross country and track coach in 2012, bringing with him nearly 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels. In his first year, he coached the first All-American hurdler in program history.
From 1997 to 2012, he coached at three area high schools, including two stints as head track and field coach at William Allen, as well as high schools in Ohio and Illinois. Finley was an assistant coach for a state championship team in cross country at Emmaus High School and coached individual state champions in cross country and the high hurdles.
Finley was a junior college All-American in the intermediate hurdles at Mohawk Valley Community College (N.Y.) before earning a Division I scholarship at Austin Peay State University, from where he graduated in 1979. A master All-American in the high and intermediate hurdles in 1998, Finley began his coaching career with stints at two colleges, the University of Rochester and Lehigh University.
Assistant Coach Andy Fahringer
Former Division I All-American Andy Fahringer joined to the Muhlenberg staff for the 2013 season and made an immediate impact. Mule men finished 1-2-4-5 in the javelin at the Centennial Conference Championships, and one went on to earn All-America honors by placing fifth at the NCAA Championships.
In 2014, Muhlenberg won gold medals in two throwing events (discus and javelin) for the first time ever.
Fahringer is a 2012 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the javelin and a second-team All-American in 2011. He was a two-time All-ACC performer in the javelin and was twice awarded All-ACC academic team honors. The current UVa record-holder in the javelin with a throw of 247-10, he also ranks sixth in the discus.
Fahringer was the 2012 Penn Relays champion in the collegiate javelin and was a 2012 Olympics Trials qualifier, finishing 16th. He is continuing his throwing career in the javelin with hopes of the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Fahringer attended nearby Whitehall High School, where he was a back-to-back District 11 champion in the discus and javelin in 2006 and 2007 and qualified for the state championships in all three throws.