Art Siemers, a 13-year coaching veteran, heads into his second year as the Head Coach of the cross country program and will also guide the distance runners on the track squad.
Siemers (pronounced SEE-mers) joins the Rams after 11 years at Colorado School of Mines. He began coaching cross country in 2002 and later took over the track & field program in 2005.
In his first year with the cross country team, Siemers coached the women's and men's teams to 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the Mountain West Championship and 5th and 9th place NCAA Mountain Regional Championship finishes. He coached five Mountain West All-Conference athletes and one NCAA Mountain Regional All-Conference performer in cross country. In track and field, he coached seven distance and middle-distance athletes to the first round of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and five individuals and two relays to Mountain West All-Conference status.
With the Orediggers, Siemers coached 21 All-Americans in cross country and led his teams to nine NCAA Division II championship berths, placing in the top five on four different occasions, including a third-place finish with the men's team in 2009.
After taking over the reins of the track & field program, Siemers added 82 All-Americans and five national champions to his list of athletes coached. He led his men's and women's teams to 15 top-25 NCAA team finishes in the indoor and outdoor seasons. In 2009 he was voted the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Men's and Women's Coach of the Year. In 2009-10 and 2011-12 the men's program finished fourth in the final rankings for the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association's Program of the Year.
Before he began coaching at the collegiate level, Siemers was the head cross country coach at Jefferson Academy High School in Broomfield, Colo., from 2000-01. In just two years, he initiated the cross country program, recruited the inaugural team and led it to the 2001 Colorado 3A State Championship Meet.
While in college at Illinois State, Siemers ran both track and cross country. A four-year letterwinner in both sports, he was the Missouri Valley Conference 1500-meter and mile champion. He was named cross country all-conference and all-region, as well as first-team academic all-conference in 1993 and 1994. As a post-collegiate, he placed 8th in the 1999 USATF Indoor National Championships in the mile run and was a 2004 Olympic Trials `A' qualifier in the marathon.
Siemers graduated with a bachelor's degree in both elementary education and history from Illinois State University in 1995. He later achieved his master's degree in education from the University of Colorado in 1999.
A native of Bensenville, Ill., Siemers attended Fenton High School. He is the oldest of seven children. He and his wife Erica live in Fort Collins.