Eric Heintz – Indoor and Outdoor Track Training

Coach Heintz has shared two documents with us.

The first is an overview of the program, complete with explanations of the various elements of his training, including the daily schedule for each practice and suggestions for mileage for various ages and abilities.

The second document is the training for the entire Indoor and Outdoor track season.  A great resource for all coaches, but especially for coaches who have athletes competing in both season, yet want their athletes to run their best at the end of the year.

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Eric Heintz – Featured Coach for June 2015

EHeintzEric Heintz rounds out the twelve coaches for the 2014-15 inaugural season of High School Running Coach.

Coach Heintz coaches at Marist High School in Atlanta, GA, a private catholic school with approximately 760 students.  Roughly 160 of those students participate in cross country, meaning roughly one in five students in school is part of the cross country team.  Coach Heintz’s girls have won 7 straight state titles in cross country (16 titles total).  His boys have won 10 titles in total, with 7 runner-ups.

We have much to learn from coach Heintz and we thank him for his time.

James DeMarco – Interview

James DeMarco shares so much in this interview and we’re so lucky to have him as part of high school running coach.

He coaches in an area that didn’t have national caliber teams when he started at Blacksburg High School.  Nor did they have have a track.  Now he coaches one of the best programs in the country – they won the Hoka One One Postal Nationals in 2015 – and they have a track!

Thanks James for your time.  Definitely a great interview.

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James DeMarco – Featured coach for April 2015

James_DeMarcoCoach James DeMarco is our featured coach for April 2015.

James DeMarco coaches at Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, VA, a high school that has 1100 students and has won 21 state championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field in the time DeMarco has been there (20 as head coach). He started coaching the girls cross country team in 2005 and they have won six state championships of the nine years and the other three years were second. They have qualified for the Nike

Cross Nationals in 2009 and 2013 as a team and had an individual qualify in 2008. They were the smallest public school to qualify in 2009 (6th) and 2013 (21st) on the girls side. DeMarco took over the boys program in 2006 that had not qualified for the state meet the previous three years (even regionals one of those years). The team made it that first year to the state meet and finished sixth. The next few years they finished fifth, second, and then won the next four years in a row. In 2013 they finish 4th. In 2012 the boys qualified for the Nike Cross Country Nationals (10th).

Most recently Coach DeMarco’s team won the 2014 Hoka One One Postal Nationals.

Mick Grant – Interview

Mick has an interesting background as a youth coach.  He coaches young runners all the way through seniors in high school.

This is a great interview for anyone who wants to put together either a youth program in their community, or who wants to but together an off season program that athletes from any school can train within.

Thanks Mick for your time.

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Mick Grant Training

Here is Mick Grant’s training for the months of August, September and October. His experience is coaching club athletes so there is a wide variety of situations in which he worked with athletes. Some athletes only ran with his group in the off-season, while other athletes trained with him daily.
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Mick Grant – Featured Coach for March 2015

Mick Grant is our featured coach for the month of March.

Mick is the co-author best seller “The Youth and Teen Running Encyclopedia” with John Molvar.

Coach Grant is now retired from the Lynx Elite Athletics club, a club with alumni such as Russell Brown, Chantelle Dron, Harry Norton, Keely Maguire. His program has produced Footlocker qualifiers, National Scholastic Indoor Champions, a Golden West Invitational mile champion, a Youth World Championships qualifier, a Junior Pan Am Games qualifier, several USATF Junior Olympics Champions.

His guiding principles in his coaching are as follows.

Rule 1, Have Fun

Rule 2, Stay Healthy

Be Consistent

Build Base, Learn Pace, Execute Race

Train to run negative splits in practice, workouts & races

Increase mileage, train for long term development

No improvement without recovery

Thanks for sharing your training with us this month Coach Grant and we look forward to hearing what you have to say in both the interview and Q&A.