Daniel Adler, Head Coach
Coach Adler begins his third season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track programs. 2014 saw a remarkable turnaround for the men and women’s cross country teams. The women’s team finished fourth in the region and fifteenth in the nation. During the regular season, the women’s team captured the team title at the Allen Red Devil Duals and raced to a third place showing at the Fort Hays Tiger Open. Individually, Grasiela Navarro broke the school record with her 18:18 5K performance at the national meet while placing ninth overall and becoming the women’s first All-American in program history. Collectively, 5 of the top 8 overall 5K times in school history were produced in 2014.
The men’s program finished in the middle of region, placing 8th in 2014. They followed up their region performance with a 21st place finish at the national meet. Trae Lane’s 26:14 8K time places him second all-time on the PCC cross country record board.
Coach Adler is originally from Ida, MI, where he attended Ida High School from 1996-2000. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 with a degree in English and secondary education. He moved to Charleston, SC, in 2005 and taught English and coached track and field at North Charleston High School. He moved to Lenoir, NC, in 2007 and began teaching English and coaching cross country and track and field at West Caldwell High School.
In 2009 Coach Adler returned to Michigan where he began teaching and coaching at Troy High School.
Coach Adler continues to run and has finished 5 marathons, including the 2011 and 2012 Boston Marathons, and completed a 50-mile ultra- marathon. His personal bests include a 1:17 1/2 marathon and 2:48 full marathon.
Joshua Harden, Assistant Coach
Coach Harden is in his first season as Pratt’s assistant track and cross country coach. He is originally from Coral Springs, FL, and attended Highland Community College from 2011-2012. While at Highland, he was second team all-conference in the triple jump. He jumped his way to a seventh place finish at the 2012 NJCAA Indoor Championships, earning the distinction of All-American. From Highland, Coach Harden attended UMKC where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2015. He was a two-time first team all-conference triple jumper and second team long jumper. In 2015, he was the Western Athletic Conference champion in the triple jump and earned a spot in the NCAA D1 West Regional meet.
Coach Harden’s primary responsibilities are in the areas of sprints and jumps. He is also responsible for the speed development of the mid-distance and distance runners. During the 2015-2016 season, Coach Harden is looking to revamp the track program and become more competitive within the region.