Aug. 31, 2005
What one person had the biggest impact on the coaching style that you have today? Why?
It is hard to narrow it down to one individual person actually. I guess I would have to say my dad has had the biggest impact on my coaching style. He taught me to treat everyone with respect and they will respect you back. My style of coaching is to try to teach my runners about training and the sport while leading them to achieve their goals. I believe that respecting them for their efforts but challenging them to always do better will in turn give them respect for themselves as well as the program and myself, and give them a better sense of value in what they do as a student-athlete now and as a member of society later in life.
Would you rather see one of your runners win an NCAA championship or make the Olympic team? Why?
I would rather see one of my runners win an NCAA Championship. I think that is one of many stepping stones to making an Olympic team.
Aside from the obvious, that the competition is better and you run a longer distance, what is the biggest difference between high school and college cross country?
The biggest difference I see is in the consistency of training and racing that you need to have to compete at the collegiate level. Many times in high school you can get away with being a little inconsistent, but in college everyone is an all-state performer and you must bring yourself to another level of consistency to excel.
Is there anything that high school recruits don’t believe no matter how many times you tell them until they get here and figure it out for themselves?
The biggest thing is probably how hard it is to manage their time between class, practice, friends and being independent of their parents.
What is your personal record for miles ran at one time?
26.2 miles. I have run the marathon once and it was just as much a symbolic mountain as physical.
What would you consider your greatest accomplishment as an athlete?
Getting my degree from college and being able to compete at another level.
What would you consider your greatest accomplishment as a coach?
Knowing that I have helped any one of my athletes accomplish one of their goals and seeing that smile on their faces.
At what age did your younger brother Rob, a two time All-American at Ohio State, beat you in a race for the first time, and how tough was it to swallow?
Wow, well I think it was actually in a road race. Rob and I never competed in high school or college against each other because of our age difference. Rob and I ran together in a local road race and I remember being with him all the way and reaching the last 600 meters or so and thinking, “Oh boy, I know I can’t kick with him.” So I tried to take off and all that did was make him run faster also. It wasn’t that tough to swallow because Rob is a great runner and to see him get better and better was worth getting beat.
At what point did you know that you wanted to become a cross country coach? Why?
Probably right after college when I moved back home and started helping my dad coach our high school. I just enjoyed it and knew then it was something I wanted to do. I never dreamed of coaching at Ohio State however.