Women's Track & Field Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Jennifer "Jay" Hartshorn

Email: jhartsho@bates.edu | Phone: 207-786-6356

Led by then 12th-year head coach Jennifer "Jay" Hartshorn, Bates swept the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) coaches' awards for women's cross country and track & field in the 2016-17 academic year.

Hartshorn received NESCAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year honors in 2016 after leading the Bobcats to third place at the conference championship meet, the program's best mark since 1987. Bates went on to place fifth at NCAA Regionals and earn the program's fourth-ever bid to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, where the Bobcats finished 19th out of 32 teams. 

Hartshorn captured a second coaching award later in the 2016-17 academic year, as she and assistant coaches Art Feeley, Curtis Johnson, men's head coach Al Fereshetian, Al Kirkland and Rebecca Dugan '12 were named NESCAC Coaching Staff of the Year following a program-best second-place finish at the 2017 NESCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Bates women's cross country and track and field teams capped a banner year in 2016-17 by collectively placing sixth in the Division III Program of the Year standings, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Bates is one of 16 Division III programs that qualified for inclusion in the Deb Vercauteren Division III Women's Program of the Year Standings, for scoring points at the NCAA Championships in all three seasons: cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Scoring is based on the team's finish at each NCAA Championship in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, 31st = 31 points) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award recipient. Bates placed 19th in the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships, tied for 11th place at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, and placed 11th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. It is the first year Bates has scored at all three national meets in the same academic year.

During her tenure at Bates, Hartshorn has coached 18 Bates student-athletes to 32 indoor NCAA All-America performances in seven different events. In outdoor track and field, she has coached seven student-athletes to 17 outdoor NCAA All-America performances in 10 different events, including one NCAA Championship performance.

Hartshorn came to Bates from Syracuse University, where she served as the top assistant in the track and field program from 2001 to 2005. She coached the cross country teams and led Syracuse’s distance runners in indoor and outdoor track and field.

Hartshorn, who has coached for the U.S. at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championship, holds USA Track and Field Levels I and II certifications.

From 1999 to 2001, Hartshorn was the assistant coach of cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field at Smith College, where she earned her master’s degree in exercise and sports studies. Previously, she was assistant indoor and outdoor track and field coach at her alma mater, Colby College, where she graduated in 1995 with a government major. At Colby, Hartshorn was an Academic All-American and NCAA qualifier in cross country; a three-time NCAA All-American in indoor and outdoor track and field; and captain of Colby’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

Curtis Johnson

Associate Head Coach for Men's and Women's Track & Field

Email: cjohnso2@bates.edu

In 2019-20, Curtis Johnson enters his fourth season at Bates, and his first as Associate Head Coach for men's and women's track and field.

  • Works with men's & women's sprints & relays.
  • Oversees M&W Strength & Conditioning for sprints, hurdles, jumps and women's cross country. 
  • Recruiting coordinator for men's sprints, hurdles, and jumps.
  • First season with Bobcats: Helped guide women's sprinters to school records and first-ever indoor & outdoor national qualifiers in the 4x400 event for both seasons. Women's 4x400 relay won indoor and outdoor DIII New England 4x400 titles. The quartet also placed fourth at the indoor Open New England championships as the top Division III program. Top 4x400 relay times for DIII New England schools indoor/outdoor in 2017.
  • The 2017 season also saw Bates women's 1st indoor/outdoor national qualifier & indoor All-American in the 200 meters in hurdle/sprint standout Allison Hill.
  • At the 2017 NESCAC championships, women's sprint relays won the 4x100 relay title, and were runner-up in the 4x400, adding huge points to the Bates women's program-best second place finish at the conference championship.
  • Also part of the 2017 NESCAC Women's coaching staff of the year for 2016-17 season.
Coach Johnson is a graduate of American International College, where he was a seven-time Division II national qualifier and a three-time All-American. He competed at the Division II National Championships in the 800 meters, two 4x400 relays, three DMR relays, and in cross country between 2012-2014. Coach Johnson earned a B.A in communications 2014 at AIC, and went on to earn a masters degree in public administration from the University of New Haven in 2016.

Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

Arthur Feeley

Email: afeeley@bates.edu

Arthur Feeley enters his 12th season working with the cross country and track & field programs at Bates College in 2017-18.

Feeley was named New England Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Assistant Coach of the Year in March 2017, in part for his work with two of the top performers in the nation, hurdler Allison Hill and triple-jumper Sally Ceesay.

Feeley works with both the men's and women's cross country teams in the fall while focusing on tutoring the Bobcats' jumpers and hurdlers during the track seasons. He also serves as the women's cross country and track & field program's recruiting coordinator.

A graduate of Colby College, Feeley holds USATF Level 1 and Level 2 certifications with the Level 2 certification in distance.