Bob Hamer begins his eighth season as the head coach of the Rider men's and women's cross country and track & field programs in 2015-16.
In just seven years, Coach Hamer has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times. His men’s and women’s teams won the MAAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship on the same day for the first time in Rider history in 2013. He was also named the 2013 MAAC Outdoor Coach of the Year for both the men and women.
The 2015 season was another record breaking year for Rider Track and Field. Senior Emily Ritter became the first ever female NCAA qualifier when she competed at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon where she became the first Bronc track and field All-American when she earned Second Team All American honors by finishing ninth in the 3000 meter steeplechase. The men and women also combined for fourteen All- East recognitions during the cross country and track and field seasons.
Hamer has coached athletes to 41 All-East performances. Additionally, his athletes have broken 130 Rider records and have won 89 MAAC gold medals. Six student-athletes have earned Outstanding Performer Awards at the MAAC Championships and three have been named the Rider Athlete of the Year, including Ritter this past season.
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.
In 2014, three of his cross country runners earned All-MAAC honors. The women’s cross country team also posted the highest NCAA Regional finish ever by placing 15th. Two runners also earned All East honors at the ECAC/IC4A Championships.
In 2013, four of his cross country runners earned All-MAAC honors.
Hamer led Rider to the 2011 MAAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship to go along with the eleven MAAC runner-up finishes he has compiled.
In his first season as head coach Hamer led the Rider women's cross country team to a MAAC runner-up finish, their highest finish ever. The men’s cross country team has finished third at the MAAC Championships for five consecutive years, the highest finish ever for the men’s team.
Hamer’s 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. Eight women and three men have been recognized on the national level as All-Academic team members by the USTFCCCA. The women’s track and field and cross country teams have been recognized every year by USTFCCCA as an All-Academic team. The men’s track and field and cross country teams have earned this honor 10 out of a possible 14 times.
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 MAAC 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 with two runners earning All-MAAC honors. His women's cross country team had an All-MAAC performer and was named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA.
Hamer is also a member of the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Executive Committee since 2009 and he served as president of the ICAAAA for the 2012-2013 cross country and track and field seasons.
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 was also a two time All-American in the 1500 meters and distance medley relay. 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, New Jersey.
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