Siemers announced as CSU cross country head coach
July 25, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Art Siemers, a 12-year coaching veteran, has been introduced as the Head Coach of the cross country program and will also guide the distance runners on the track squad. Head track & field coach Brian Bedard made the announcement Wednesday.
“Art is a great fit for our cross country and track teams,” said Bedard. “He has a wealth of experience training athletes at altitude, and recruiting and managing a team as a head coach. More than experience, Art is the right character fit for the program. I have done my research and he has an outstanding reputation for putting the athletes first and leading with integrity.”
Siemers (pronounced SEE-mers) joins the Rams after 10 years at Colorado School of Mines. He began coaching cross country in 2002 and later took over the track & field program in 2005.
"I am honored to join the Colorado State University community, and look forward to working with CSU's outstanding student-athletes and coaching staff to further elevate the distance program," said Siemers.
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.
“Art and his teams have shown outstanding improvement and always show up to race,” added Bedard. “It's amazing what he has done with very limited resources. Colorado State University will give Art the tools to move our program to the highest levels in Division I track and cross country. I have no doubt with Art leading this team, and the increased commitment to the program, the Rams will have a very bright future.”
In an interview with Colorado Runner Magazine in January of this year, Siemers discussed his coaching philosophy.
“My coaching style emphasizes a proactive approach that addresses the needs of the individual within a team setting,” said Siemers. “My goal is to get everyone in my program to maximize their potential while also establishing a lifelong love of running and the sport. I emphasize complementary habits and training integral to successful competitive running including nutrition, general and specific strength development, flexibility exercises and plyometric drills.”
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.
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 with their two dogs, Buster and Sandy.