Adrian Myers joined the Purdue cross-country and track & field staff in August 2013 as a volunteer assistant coach. As an assistant he worked primarily with the men's and women's cross-country programs. Myers was promoted to Supervisor of Operations for the men's and women's cross-country and track & field programs in December 2013.
While serving as volunteer assistant coach in the fall of 2013, the men's and women's cross-country programs demonstrated tremendous improvement. The programs had their highest Big Ten finishes since 1991 for the men and 2007 for the women. The season was capped off with the program having its first NCAA Cross-Country All-American since 1987 with Matthew McClintock. McClintock represented the U.S. junior team at the 2013 Pan-Am games and won the 10k.
Prior to joining the Purdue staff in Aug. 2013, Myers served as an assistant coach and director of strength training for the Indiana Invaders elite development program in 2012 through 2013. There, Myers assisted in the development of USATF Championship 800m qualifier Drake Sterling. Myers also served as the sprints, jumps and hurdles coach for Zionsville High School during that time.
While at Zionsville, the program broke several school records and had a record 14 qualifiers for the IHSAA regional with athletes in the 100m, 400m, 300H, 4x100m, 4x400m and High Jump.
Myers was voted onto the Board of Directors for USA Track & Field - Indiana Association as the Men's Track and Field Chair. He also worked with IUPUI's School of Physical Education on laboratory research related to the ground reaction forces between track spikes and different competition surfaces. The research, Ground Reaction Forces of Different Shapes of Spikes,is expected to be published this year. Myers is the Director of Marketing for the American Milers Club Series, which showcases some of the world's elite, including several Olympians.
During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Myers served as the women's cross-country coach at Marian University. He was also the assistant track & field coach for men's and women's middle-distance and long sprints. The women's cross-country program improved upon their conference finish, while one individual picked up First Team All-MCC honors, Lauren Borchelt. Under his guidance, the Knights made school history with 11 national standards and the first two male Track & Field All-Americans in program history. Chris Hanson finished sixth in the 800m and Taylor Maxey took fifth in the 60m hurdles. Myers also had athletes qualified for the NAIA National Championships in the 400m, 1000m and mile events. Outdoors, the program's Daniel Purdy ran the fastest freshman 800m nationally for the NAIA level. Two other athletes earned All-MCC honors in track.
Myers started his coaching career in 2009 at IUPUI. Myers served as Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Koeppen's top assistant. With Myers' direction, Joe Hoffman earned First Team All-Summit League honors in cross-country. The program was USTFCCCA Academic All-America and JagCup Award winners for the most Indianapolis community service of all IUPUI athletic programs. Myers did it all while serving as a teaching and lab assistant for Progressive Resistance Training and Sports Conditioning at IU School of Physical Education.
Myers attended Lewis University and was a three time NCAA All-American and won 10 GLVC titles as a middle-distance athlete. He set school records in the 1,000m and Distance Medley Relay and ran a personal best 1:48 in the 800m. Myers helped the Flyers win a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship in 2004 and 2005. He also served as the Track & Field Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) representative and represented the NCAA Peer Educator program.
A native of Oregon, Ill., Adrian was a 10 time All-State athlete in Track & Field as a 400m and 800m athlete. Adrian earned a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Lewis University and a Master's degree in Human Performance and Physical Education from Adams State University. He and his wife, Tricia, reside in Lafayette with daughter Nikeya and son Adrian Jr.