Regina Graduate Hartley Tagged to Lead Regal Cross Country Program

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A Regina cross country program that ranks among the most successful in the state will be under new leadership this fall and the new coach is already familiar with the Regals storied past.

That’s because he helped build on the Regina cross country tradition.

Regina graduate Liam Hartley has been tabbed to take over as head cross country coach pending board approval replacing Chris Murdock who led the program for one season.

Hartley is a 2012 Regina graduate and was a member of the Regals 2010 state championship team.

“I am very excited to be back to coach at Regina,” Hartley said in a release. “The experiences I had at Regina are what fueled my love of running and working towards a goal. Without that, I never would have accomplished so much as a high school and collegiate athlete.”

Following his prep career Hartley was a four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track at Wartburg College.

He was a member of the Knight’s national qualifying cross country team in 2015 and a team captain during his collegiate career.

Hartley was a graduate assistant cross county coach at the University of Dubuque and spent last year working as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Iowa track and field and cross country programs.

“We are thrilled to have Liam Hartley come back to coach at Regina,” Regina assistant principal Tim Foley said in a release. “As a student-athlete at Regina, Liam was always one of the hardest working and most dedicated athletes on the team. His tremendous knowledge and passion for cross country will help him continue Regina’s long tradition of success in cross country.”

During his prep career Hartley was a part of two Regina state qualifying cross country teams under long-time head coach Chad Swope.

Hartley finished 23rd as a junior at the 2010 state meet helping Regina win the eighth state title in program history.

As a senior Hartley placed 14th at the Class 2A state boys meet while helping the Regals to a third-place team finish.

“Being part of Regina cross country is the reason I wanted to become a coach, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to give back those positive experience to the student-athletes at Regina,” Hartley said.

The Regina boys team has qualified for the state meet once in the past five years, placing third in Class 1A in 2015 while the girls team finished seventh at the 2A state meet last season with two sophomores and two juniors in its top seven runners.