John Mortimer enters his fifth season as the assistant coach of Boston College's men's and women's track and field and cross country programs. He joined the Eagles' staff in February of 2002, coaching the distance runners of the men's and women's and track and field programs. With track, he is responsible for recruiting and assisting in coaching the men's quarter milers, men's middle distance runners and the men and women 3,000-meter steeplechase runners.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Michigan, Mortimer came to the Heights after a brief stint at Harvard University where he was a volunteer assistant coach under head coach Frank Haggerty. While at Harvard, Mortimer assisted Haggerty in administration, recruiting and day-to-day coaching of the men's and women's distance runners.
While at Michigan, Mortimer captained the cross country and track and field teams, he was a seven-time NCAA All-American in cross country and track, he won six Big Ten Conference individual championships, and he was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year three times. He was a four-time Academic All-American and Academic All-Big Ten while majoring in Architecture. He represented the USA as a member of the United States' National Track and Field team on two occasions. He finished 9th in the steeplechase in the 1997 World University Games and 7th in the same event in the 1998 Goodwill Games.
As a high school prep athlete at Londonderry (N.H.) High School, Mortimer was a twelve-time New Hampshire State Champion in cross country and track. He was the 1994 Footlocker Cross Country national runner-up, and a three-time National Scholastic Track and Field champion, twice in the two-mile and once in the steeplechase.
Following his graduation from Michigan, he signed a contract as a professional runner. He currently represents Reebok and competes in meets and road races throughout the the United States and Europe. In the most recent phase of Mortimer's athletic career, he won the Olympic Development 3,000-meter Steeplechase at the 2003 Penn Relays. In 2004 he finished seventh in the Finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a lifetime best of 8:24.64 at the 2004 United States Olympic Trials, less than four seconds off of qualifying for U.S. Olympic Team.
Since his arrival on the Heights, Mortimer has succeeded in recruiting all of the highly touted men's distance and middle distance runners, including numerous State champions, a New England champion, a sub-9-minute 2-miler, a 4:11 miler, and high school All Americans. Many of Mortimer's athletes have etched their names into the B.C. record books, including a quartet of middle distance runners when they eclipsed a 30-year-old B.C. school record in the 4x800m relay at the 2005 IC4A Indoor Championships. Steeplechaser, Jennifer Donovan earned All American status at the 2003 NCAA National Championships. She also holds the B.C. school record of 10:04 in the event.
From 2004-2006, Mortimer also coached professional runner, Amy Mortimer (no relation) while she was in graduate school at B.C. Under his tutelage, she qualified for 2 consecutive IAAF World Cross Country Championships, had five top-5 finishes at U.S. Championship events, and ran a personal best of 4:07 for 1,500-meters to win the bronze at the 2005 U.S. Outdoor Championships.
Currently, Mortimer resides Waltham, MA and is engaged to former BC All American and 5,000m record-holder, Jennifer Kramer.