Ken Harnden

Speaker & Speed Consultant


Ken Harnden competed for North Carolina, where he won the 1995 NCAA title in the 400m hurdles. He was also part of the 1995 NCAA indoor champion 4x400m relay team. Harnden represented Zimbabwe in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games in the 400m hurdles, and he competed in the event three times at the IAAF World Championships, making the finals twice. He holds Zimbabwe’s national record in the 400m hurdles (48.05).


The three-time USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year has guided 14 Olympians, 25 NCAA champions and more than 160 All-American honors. In addition to individual accolades, Harnden has contributed to substantial program-wide success as a part of five NCAA team championship teams, most recently the Georgia men’s outdoor title in 2018.

Numerous student-athletes have achieved world class times under Harnden’s watch. Six of his sprinters have broken the 10-second barrier in the 100-meter dash. His short sprints coaching prowess is also exemplified in the 200 meters with six NCAA individual championships in the event under his watch..

Among that group is Walter Dix, a six-time NCAA champion and 18-time All-American for Florida State. He was a bronze medalist in the 100m and 200m at the 2008 Olympics and remains the NCAA record holder in the 200m (19.69).

Harnden also coached 2011 Bowerman Award winner Ngoni Makusha, who became the fifth man in NCAA history to win the 100m and long jump at the same championship (DeHart Hubbard, 1925; Jesse Owens, 1936; Carl Lewis, 1981; Jarrion Lawson, 2016). Makusha also set the then-NCAA record in the 100m (9.89).

Harnden has also coached several women to the top of the national podium. Kala Funderburk won the 2015 NCAA 400-meter dash for Florida State, capturing the title in 51.09 seconds. Harnden also recruited and worked with Lynna Irby at Georgia, who went on to win the 400m title for the Bulldogs this year as a freshman.

By the Numbers

  • 25 NCAA Individual Championships

  • 5 NCAA Team Championships

  • 160+ All-America Honors

  • 14 Olympians

  • 6 Sub-10 100m sprinters

  • 6 NCAA 200m Champions


  • 2005 USTFCCCA Asst. Coach of the Year

  • 2007 USTFCCCA Asst. Coach of the Year

  • 2012 USTFCCCA Men’s Asst. Coach of the Year



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