Columbia University Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Dan Ireland added Simon Cleary as assistant coach for throws in August 2016. Cleary joined the staff after a year with Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
“We are very excited to add Simon Cleary to the cross country and track and field staff,” stated Ireland. “Coach Cleary is very excited to begin working with our current track and field student-athletes and to begin the process of developing a highly successful throws program at Columbia. He is enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and is excited to begin recruiting throwers to the Lions program. Our goal is to establish a high quality throws program that can score points for us at the Ivy League level and beyond.”
At Brandeis, Cleary was instrumental in developing four individual UAA Championships in the men’s discus and shot put as well as the women’s shot put and javelin. He was also responsible for designing and implementing the program’s weight lifting program for throws. Additionally, he organized practice plans and coordinated meet-day efforts.
Cleary competed at the University at Albany from 2009-14 where he participated in the hammer, discuss, weight and shot put throws. He also went to the Belgian National Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.