Bob Hamer is now in his fifth season as the head coach of the Rider men's and women's cross country and track & field programs.
In just four years he has twice earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors and has turned out 15 All-East performers. His athletes have broken 71 Rider program records and have won 52 MAAC gold medals. Four have earned Outstanding Performer Awards at a MAAC Championships and two have been named the Rider Athlete of the Year.
Hamer was named the MAAC Indoor Coach of the Year for the 2009-10 season, his second as the head coach after serving five seasons as an assistant coach, and was named the MAAC Outdoor Coach of the year in 2011.
Last year five of his cross country runners earned All-MAAC honors.
Hamer led Rider to the 2011 MAAC Track Championship to go along with the seven MAAC runner-up finishes he has compiled.
In his first season as head coach he led the Rider women's cross country team to a MAAC runner-up finish, their highest finish ever.
His teams have also enjoyed great success in the classroom. Both the men's and women's cross teams have had the highest team grade point averages among the 20 Rider varsity sports over several semesters. Six women and three men have been recognized on the national level as All-Academic team members by the USTFCCCA.
As an assistant coach, Hamer's primary duties were with the cross country and distance runners, as he is a USA Track & Field Level II certified coach for endurance events. In 2007 his men's cross country team placed a best-ever (at that time) third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 14th at the NCAA Regional while the women's cross country team placed a best-ever 22nd at the NCAA Regional.
In his first year at Rider, the women distance runners contributed valuable points in winning the Outdoor MAAC Track & Field Championship. In 2006, his men's cross country team placed 18th of 28 teams at the NCAA Regional and had two runners earn All-MAAC honors. His women's cross country team had an All-MAAC performer and was named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA.
Hamer came to Rider from Saint Joseph's University, where he was an assistant coach. Before coaching at Saint Joseph's, Hamer was the head track & field coach at the Devon Preparatory School.
A 1995 graduate of Penn State, Hamer won the Big Ten Conference Championship in the 5000 meters. He twice helped the Nittany Lions finish among the top 15 teams in the nation in cross country.
Hamer received his master's degree in Sports Administration in 2000 from West Chester University.
Hamer and his wife Allison and daughters Kylie and Brynn reside in Ringoes, NJ.