John Mortimer enters his first season as the assistant coach of Boston College's men's and women's cross country program. 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 coaching the men's 800 to 10,000 meter athletes, as well as the 3,000-meter steeplechase runners.
Mortimer, a 1999 graduate of the University of Michigan, comes 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.
Mortimer's personal accomplishments include being a member of the United States Track and Field team. While at Michigan, he was named a seven-time All-American and a six-time Big Ten Conference cross country and track and field champion. He was also a four-time academic All-American and academic All-Big Ten.
Following his graduation from Michigan where he captained the cross country and track and field teams, he signed a contract to represent Adidas as a professional runner. As a member of the Adidas team, he competed in events throughout the country, including the United States National Championships and the United States Olympic Trials.
No stranger to international competition, he was a member of the United States' National Track and Field team. With the team, he competed in the 1997 World University Games and the 1998 Goodwill Games, running the steeplechase in both events.
A standout runner 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.