Currently I write for Active.com and I am a contributor to Running Times magazine. I also do work for Nike’s sport marketing running group, including speaking at high school coaching clinics and coaching as part of their annual high school Elite camp.
Finally, I find great reward in coaching professional distance runners and I’ve been fortunate to work with three athletes that have won United States Track and Field national titles in indoor track, cross country and on the roads during our time together. Renee Metivier-Ballie (3,000m – 2010), Brent Vaughn (Cross Country – 2011) and Fernando Cabada (25 km – 2011) are some of the quality people with whom I have been fortunate to work over the years.
My first coaching position was Head Coach of Track and Cross Country at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas. Both cross country teams finished third at the Junior College national meet (Division II), and on the track athletes broke numerous school records. Following two years at Pratt I moved back to Boulder, Colorado, to serve as the Recruiting Coordinator and Middle Distance coach at the University of Colorado, where I coached for six years. I also assisted in cross country and was fortunate to be part of three NCAA Division I team titles. In my final year at CU, the men won the Big 12 Track and Field title in Boulder. The highlight of my career was seeing fifth year seniors, who I first connected with during their senior year high school in the recruiting process, celebrating in the infield of Potts Field.
As an athlete, I am blessed to have spent five years of my life running at the University of Colorado, under the tutelage of one of the best distance coaches in the world, Mark Wetmore. I studied Kinesiology as an undergraduate and Kinesiology and Applied Physiology as a graduate student, earning my MS in 2000. I was fortunate to compete on the 1998 varsity cross country team chronicled in Chris Lear’s book Running with the Buffaloes. I was awarded the athletic department’s Male Scholar Athlete award in 1999. I ran 14:20 for 5k, 3:49.5 for 1,500m, 8:20 for 3k and 30:15 for 10k as an athlete at CU.
I am blessed to have two amazing, energetic and unique daughters.