Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach
2008-09 marks Art Siemers' seventh season as the head cross country coach at CSM and his fourth year as head coach of the Oredigger track & field teams.
Since 2001, Siemers has helped establish Colorado School of Mines as a national powerhouse by leading 75 NCAA Division II individual national qualifiers to 53 All-American awards in both cross country and track & field.
In 2007-08, two Orediggers earned All-American honors at the 2007 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships while a grand total of 12 student-athletes garnered All-American recognition during the 2008 NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. The 2007 Mines men's cross country team posted its third consecutive top-ten finish at nationals while the 2008 Oredigger men's outdoor track & field team recorded its best-ever finish (tied - 8th) at the outdoor national championships. The men's outdoor track & field team also climbed to an all-time program-best #10 national ranking during the 2008 season,
The Mines cross country and track & field teams have earned top national finishes in recent years, including the following top-25 finishes at the NCAA Division II National Championships:
2000 - Men's Indoor 23rd / Men's Outdoor 22nd
2001 - Men's Indoor 15th / Men's Outdoor 13th
2002 - Men's Indoor 22nd
2003 - Women's Cross Country 14th
2004 - Women's Outdoor 19th
First Ever CSM track NCAA National Champion in 2004 - Women's Steeplechase
2005 - Men's Indoor 25th/Women's Indoor 23rd/Men's Cross Country 6th/Women's Cross Country 5th
2006 - Men's Indoor 14th/Women's Indoor 10th/Men's Outdoor 18th/Men's Cross Country 7th
2007 - Men's Indoor 15th / Men's Outdoor 25th / Men's Cross Country 7th
2008 - Men's Indoor 14th / Men's Outdoor T-8th
A Chicago native, Siemers graduated from Fenton High School in 1990 as an Illinois AA All-State performer in the 1600m. Competing for Illinois State University, Siemers lettered four times in both cross country and track & field, earned MVC All-Conference honors in both sports. During his collegiate career, Siemers posted a provisional national qualifying mark for the NCAA Division I indoor nationals. Siemers holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Illinois State and a master's degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
As a post-collegiate athlete, Siemers has placed as high at 8th in the 1999 USATF indoor nationals in the mile run and qualified for the 2004 US Olympic Trials Marathon.
Siemers resides in Golden with his wife, Erica, and his two dogs, Buster and Sandy.