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.

Doug Soles Q&A

Coach Soles did a fantastic job providing us with the Great Oak training for February, March and April. His interview as great as well. Now it’s your turn to ask him questions about those two resources.

The Q&A is one of the best elements of the site – a chance to have a national caliber coach answer your unique question.

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Doug Soles Interview

What a great interview.  Former sprint coach becomes one of the best distance coaches in the country.  Learn how he did it.

Members can download the audio at the very bottom of the page.  Members also get his training plan for Feb, March and April.

Here are the highlights of the interview.

:00 accomplishments of athletes

3 girls in same race go under 4:50
47 girls in one year go under 6:00
40 boys under 5:00 in a year

2:45 Roster Posted – 2 weeks of tryouts, you actually make cuts? How many runners do you carry? About 50 girls and 57 boys this year.

3:20 Old days they showed up and we would train them, not the goals are so high kids are running year around, if out of shape coming into season, you probably won’t make the team unless you are a new runner.

5:15 Kids know if you want to be part of the program you need to know the commitment it will take.

6:35 We have time standards for cross country and track or the teams would be to large.

7:00 What does your program do that any good high school program do? Make sure you do your aerobic long run each week. [Read more…]

Doug Soles – Featured Coach for February 2015

Doug Soles has a tremendous boys and girls teams at Great Oak High School in Temecula, CA.

His complete bio is below.  Two stats that sticks out: “In 2013 he coached 47 girls under 6:00 for 1600, and 40 boys under 5:00″ and “This past track season he had 3 girls break 4:50 for the 1600 in the same race, going 4:44, 4:45, and 4:48!”

We’re so excited that Coach Soles has shared three months of his training with us.  We will have his interview and Q&A up shortly.

Coach Soles Bio:

Doug is entering his 15th season as a head cross country & track coach in Southern California.

He has led his Girls’ XC teams to 7 league titles in the first 10 years of the school, including 6 straight from 2008-2013. His girls have qualified to CIF all 10 years, making CIF Finals 9 out of those 10 times. The girls’ team improving each year. His combined cross country program usually has around 180 athletes in it, with various training groups and levels. Coach Soles was named the California Coaches Association Girls Cross Country Coach of the year for 2012.

His girl’s program has four league titles in the school’s history as well. He has consistently built some of the largest and most competitive track teams in the country, making cuts to around 300 athletes each season. This past track season he had 3 girls break 4:50 for the 1600 in the same race, going 4:44, 4:45, and 4:48! His girls 4×1600 team ran 20:09 in 2013. His boys relay teams also put up some amazing numbers in 2013; 4×800 – 7:42, 4×1600 – 17:21, DMR – 10:07. His boy’s teams have won 2 Mt. SAC Relays titles in track (2012 & 2014). His boys won their first league title as well as their first CIF SS Division 1 track title in 2013. This season his girls averaged 10:35 for his top 5 in the 3200 to win the Postal Nationals, and his boys averaged 9:24. In 2013 he coached 47 girls under 6:00 for 1600, and 40 boys under 5:00.

Patrick McHugh Interview

This is a great interview with Coach Patrick McHugh.  He discusses in details what his teams do to prepare for track when they a) have no track and b) have fewer days outside due to the snow and ice they experience in Chicago.  He also discusses the training that Peter Callahan, who ran 4:05 for a full mile in high school, did during his time at North Shore Country Day School.

Thanks Patrick for your time.  Great information.

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Patrick McHugh Training Documents

Coach McHugh has some great training to share with us.

The first two documents anyone can download.  His analysis of coaching a 4:05 high school miler is tremendous and you can download it by clicking here.

Patrick has been heavily influenced by Coach Vern Gambetta.  Here is the Vern Gambetta Leg Circuit, a great tool for coaches because it requires no equipment.

Below are two documents for members only.  Coach McHugh’s approach to training in adverse weather conditions and Coach Gambetta’s “Burn with Vern” circuit.  Great resources for our members.

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Rick Rothman Q&A

Here is your chance to ask Coach Rothman your questions.  No doubt you’ll want to know his philosophy on not training through races…which relates to his philosophy about not needing to taper at the end of the year.

He’s a fantastic coach and we’re fortunate that he has joined us.

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Rick Rothman – Interview notes

Thanks Coach Dean (@YouthDistance) for your work transcribing Coach Rothman’s interview.

Who is Rick Rothman?

117 times coach of the year in Florida.

2012 National Coach of the Year for Girls XC

Winter Training for Track Season

:50 – What are things you do that all successful programs probably do?

1:00 – Getting to know your athletes knowing them as people not just a runner, what motivates them.

1:50 – Early in career may have tried to get to close to athletes, need to find balance.

2:20 – Communications are different than used to be. Much more instant.

3:40 – Just having a comprehensive program.

5:30 – Consistancy, distance running is a year round program

7:20 – Some workouts click, some don’t, same for meets key is to push past bad ones which will make you stronger in the future

What do you do different?

8:25 – Taper for every meet. 2 days before 5 miles easy, day before 3 miles easy. [Read more…]