Jonathan Harmon was born on the Navajo Reservation and is a member of the Hopi Tribe. He is currently the only Native American Coach for the NJCAA in the sport of Cross Country and is the first Native American Head Coach at Central Arizona College.
Harmon started coaching at Holbrook High School in 2008, which is where he graduated in 2003. Harmon still holds the school records in the 1600m and 3200m races. He coached the men’s team to a fifth place finish in the region and had his top male place 29th at state and top female eighth at state.
Coach Harmon started his college coaching at Central Arizona College in 2010 where he would fill the assistant coaching position for nine years. During his time as an assistant, Harmon led the men’s team to four NJCAA National Titles and four runner up trophies.
Harmon’s first season as head coach was cancelled due to the pandemic but in 2021 he led the Men and Women’s team to an eighth place finish at the NJCAA National Meet. In 2022, both teams finished seventh overall.
Throughout Coach Harmon’s tenure at Holbrook High School and Central Arizona College he has helped over 60 Native American Athletes to attain a higher level of education and continue their running at the university level.
He currently maintains the men’s and women’s cross country teams at the college and has over seven Indigenous athletes from various tribes competing.
His list of prior Native American NJCAA All Americans includes Ryan Yazzie, Tuba City HS (AZ); Jackson Thomas, Del Norte HS (NM); Brian Masayesva, Tuba City HS (AZ); Anthony Masayesva, Tuba City HS (AZ); Valerie Segay, Window Rock HS (AZ); Allison Denetchee, Ganado HS (AZ); Nikesha Eagleman, Ganado HS (AZ); Lara Yazzie, Page HS (AZ); Santiago Hardy, Chinle HS (AZ); Alicia Honyumptewa, Chinle HS (AZ); and, Precious Robinson, Pinon HS (AZ).