Harrier Track Club
Coaching Staff


Head XC/T&F Coach: Joel Pearson
Assistant Coach: Jim Pearson (Mid-Distance, Distance)        

Assistant Coach: Adam Lane  (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
Assistant Coach: Eliza Eshelman (Nutrition / Yoga Coach)


Head Coach
, Joel Pearson
Head XC/Track & Field Coach
USATF Level II Coaching Certification.

Joel Pearson enters his fourth year as the Head Coach of HTC (Formerly Pearson's Distance Project).

Pearson, who hold a Bachlors in Arts degree, Including Oliver Bear Don't Walk breaking the America Junior 50k track record with a time of 3:10:07.

Over the past three years, Pearson was the Head Cross Country and Track and Field coach for Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington, where he coached four collegiate All-Americans and one conference champion and also served as the Assistant XC coach/recruiting coordinator at IPFW, a Division I institution in Fort Wayne, IN. Prior to Whatcom, Joel coached Pearson's Distance Project which qualified 19 national JO XC qualifiers including two all-Americans.

Joel has also coached state qualifiers at Meridian, Lynden, Blaine and Nooksack Valley high schools in Washington.

----------------------------------------------------------------------Assistant Coach, Jim Pearson
XC/Distance-Track

Jim Pearson enters his third year as an assistant HTC coach. (Formerly Pearson's Distance Project)

Jim has coached cross country - Track & Field for 40 years, 34 as head coach at Ferndale High School, and 6 as an assistant, including 2 years at Whatcom C.C. and 1 at Mead High when they won their 15th state championship.

Pearson's athletes have set American records, Won USA Championships, qualified for the US Olympic Trials (10k, Marathon, 20k Race Walk), World Cross Country Championships, twice, won 3 US Championships (including U.S. Junior Hour Run Championship while still a junior in high school), won league, district and state titles and had 55 national qualifiers and 22 all-American honors.

As a runner, Pearson, a two time national champion, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1972 and 1976, set an American record for the 50 mile run (still 5th all time), competed in 4 world championships, and placed in the top 5 in U.S. championship races in 7 of his 25 qualified competitions, his best being the U.S. national championships in the 50 mile in 1976. Having run every day for over 39 years, Pearson sees no excuse for runners skipping a practice session.

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Assistant Coach, Adam Lane
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Adam Lane enters his first year as an assistant HTC coach.
Adam, a former Ferndale High School grad/track athlete specializes in Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps and Strength & Conditioning. Adam has an NFPT (National Federation of Personal Training) Degree.

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Assistant Coach, Eliza Eshelman
Nutrition & Yoga Coach

Eliza is currently a certified Yoga instructor. She has run over 7 years without missing a day. Her current marathon PR of 3:17 was set during her victory at the Birch Bay Marathon. She is USATF Level 1 Certified.