Coaching Philosophy


My passion is the sport of running. It has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Just about every opportunity I've had in life (college scholarship; international travel) has been a result of my life long involvement in the sport. I started competitive running at the age of seven. At age eight I finished second in the 80 meters at the Irish National Youth Championships. I won my first national title in 1979 in the 200 meters with a national record. My last national title came in 2001 in the 5000 meters. That year I represented Ireland at the IAAF World Championship in Edmonton, Canada. My single greatest accomplishment as an athlete was earning a spot on the Irish Olympic Team and representing my country in the Sydney Olympic games in 2000.  

My career has been long roller coaster ride with it's share of devastating lows and unbelievable highs. In the process I learned a lot about what works and doesn't work in athletics training.

Now my energy is balanced with maintaining my own fitness while helping young runners in the Stevens Point area develop theirs.  My passion is to help young runners in the community develop a love for the sport of running and improve their performance beyond their own expectations.  I'm now a student of the sport. At every opportunity I learn coaching methods from the best coaches in the United States. I attend USATF running clinics, strength training workshops, and research constantly. I take my job as a coach very seriously, currently I'm a USATF level 2 certified coach and working on my level 3 certification.  I have high expectations for my athletes and they expect expert coaching service from me. SPARC

My coaching philosophy is start athletes young with an experienced and educated coach. It is critical to guide athletes with age appropriate conditioning with an emphasis on speed and core strength. Much of this "training" actually occurs through games and exercises that are lighthearted, but competitive. It doesn't work unless it is fun. Running is an excellent form of strength training for the young because it builds bone density and develops lung capacity. The sport provides a strong foundation that will pay dividends for years to come. My competitive running career has been 37 years so far!  

Click on links below to see races of Stevens Point runners who have made USATF All-American status, both in Cross Country and Track.