Indians hire state champion to run track programs

Mickey Alvarado

Wes Harden has been hired to coach Tecumseh High School’s varsity girls and boys track teams. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Wes Harden has taken over Tecumseh’s High School’s varsity girls and boys track teams, replacing Eddy and Kim Foley this year.
Last year, Harden coached Manchester’s varsity boys track team. Before that he was at Auburn Hills Avondale for two years where he won a Division 2 state title in 2012 as the varsity boys track and field coach.
He said he’s been coaching track and field for approximately 15 years and is excited to help build the program in Tecumseh. 
“We have a great distance core returning and we have a lot of sprinters too,” Harden said. “So, we’re looking to build that sprint program and field event program and become an overall well-rounded program to compete at the next level.”
Harden feels the relay events will be competitive despite losing a couple of key runners to graduation. He said the teams have some young 800 runners and kids joining to run distance as well as freshmen joining who are interested in running sprints.
“We’re getting there,” he said. “In field events we are looking to build upon. We’re still looking to see who will be our top throwers for shot put and disc. But we’ve got a lot of throwers out this year so hopefully we’ll continue to build that program too.”
Harden has assistant coaches Andy Ewing returning and he’ll help with the distance runners. Kenny Brokaw will coach the pole vaulters and he will also help out with the sprinters. Assistant coach Tom Harden is in charge of the shot put and discus events.
“I think our goal this year is going to be to try to push our kids to get them faster, stronger and try to be more competitive at the state level,” said Harden. “I think we have a good group or core of athletes to do that and hopefully we can be successful.”
Harden is originally from Oakland County. However, he is happy to have the opportunity to coach locally. He is employed in the field of environmental health and safety and lives in Tecumseh Township with his wife Kaitlin and four kids.


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