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Paul Harker
Position: Director of Strength and Conditioning

Paul Harker begins his third season as Miami University’s Director of Strength and Conditioning in 2013. He was originally named to the position in February of 2011.

Harker will serve as administrator for Miami’s entire strength and conditioning and be directly responsible for training the RedHawk football team. He also is a member of Miami Athletics’ Advisory Council.

A former student-athlete at Michigan State University, Harker joins Miami from Wayne State University where he served as the Warriors’ strength and conditioning coach since 2006. He was promoted to an assistant athletic director position in July of 2010.

Harker is both CSCS certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and SCCC certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

He was MSU’s graduate assistant in strength and conditioning for the two years prior to moving to Wayne State. 

A three-year letter winner for the Spartans, Harker was voted to both the coaches and media honorable mention All-Big Ten teams in 2003 while serving as one of four team captains. In addition, he earned Academic All-Big Ten and CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honors after starting all 13 games as a senior. He also received the Biggie Munn Award as Most Inspirational and MSU’s Iron Man Award for his work in the weight room.

A 2003 Michigan State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications, he received his master’s degree in kinesiology from MSU in 2006.

Harker is a native of Dayton, Ohio, having attended Chaminade-Julienne High School. His family includes his wife, Erin, and their dogs, Lucy and Melody.