Former Iowa State and Olympic track star Danny Harris has returned to Ames and will be a volunteer assistant coach will the Cyclones’ tracksters while taking finishing his degree.
Harris starts taking classes next semester.
ISU coach Corey Ihmels had an opening for a sprints coach and Harris, who won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and ended Edwin Moses’ 122-race winning streak in the 400-meter hurdles, more than fit the bill.
“Hopefully it’ll be a win-win for everyone,” he said.
Harris has fought addiction problems for years and lived in a recovery shelter in Los Angeles in 2007. He’s now clean and sober and looking to get himself back in the track game.
Ihmels and Iowa State wanted to help out one of its own. Once Harris graduates, probably in the spring of ’09, he will be able to coach full time at the college level.
“We decided it would be an opportunity for us to bring him back and for him to finish his degree,” Ihmels said. “He’s got his life moving in the right direction. We felt it was the right thing for us to do and for him to begin his career in coaching if that’s what he wants to do.”
All the best, Mr. Harris. Good luck to you.