My first ever run was in 4th grade, nearly a decade and a half later I became an All-American at Purdue University, where I earned my B.S. in Movement and Sport Science, and am now running professionally as a member of the On ZAP Endurance team.
I grew up in the small central Maine town of Athens, home to 1000 people and 0 traffic lights. In junior high, I joined the cross country team along with football, basketball, baseball, and soccer though, at 5' 9" and 125 pounds my future was in running. By my senior year of high school I had taken on running full time, won 9 state championships, and earned a scholarship to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. While at Purdue I broke school records from 3k to 10k, became the school's third repeat cross country All-American, and became the first Purdue runner to win the Big Ten Conference cross country championship in 72 years in the process breaking the conference meet record. My collegiate success led me to Blowing Rock, North Carolina where I was lucky enough to be able to pursue running full time as a member of the On ZAP Endurance team. Since joining the team two years ago I have lowered my PB's in distance from 5k to 10k, as well as place top 10 at four USATF Championships events. In conjunction with my running, my love of coaching and exercise science led me to earn my bachelor of science degree in Movement and Sports Science.
My philosophy combines fundamentals from Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, and Bill Bowerman. I believe that aerobic strength is the key to the vast majority of distance running success and by tuning the aerobic system the runner gets the most "bang for their buck". The old adage, "what good is a kick if you aren't close enough to the leaders to use it?" comes to mind. Secondly, I believe that rest is not the lack of training, but rather a component of it, like any tempo or interval workout. Recovery runs, days off, and planned breaks are fundamental to all runners, novice to elite and not only ward off injury, but extends careers. That's not to say I do not believe "speed work" has its place, but it should be done in small increments with adequate recovery and used as the "finishing touch" on any effective training program.
This philosophy has seen my athletes achieve 24 personal bests, 9 Boston Marathon qualifying marks, and 2 US Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying marks.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and hope to have the honor of working together in the future!
Personal Bests and Achievements
5th Place 2016 USATF 10 Mile Championships
3rd Place 2017 USATF 7 Mile Championships
6th Place 2018 USATF Track Championship (10k)
1st Place 50th Ras na hEireann