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TOM1-1.pngTom Nohilly is one third of the dynamic trio that mentors, coaches, and encourages the athletes of HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC. With Frank Gagliano as Head Coach, and John Trautmann, Tom Nohilly uses his life experiences as an athlete, and coach to advise a group of enthusiastic American athletes who want to see just how good they really are.

In this, question 29, we poise the question to Mr. Nohilly: what do you love about coaching?

FRANK1-1.pngFrank Gagliano has been one of our most important coaches and educators for over five decades. Gags is not one to mince words. He loves his athletes and they know when they do well and do not do well. That is part of the educational process. Gags dream is to give young American distance runners the best chance to challenge their limits.

The Shoe Addicts and RunBlogRun met with the HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC Coaching Staff at the Martinez Classic in June 2017. Questions were asked and answers were provided, and we hope that you enjoy this answers and use them. We have broken the questions into 34 different videos.

This is Coach Gags speaking on the need for coaches to be at workouts.

TOM1-1.pngTom Nohilly is one of the two assistant coaches at HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC. He is a former steeplechaser who made two World Championship teams. Tom, like John Trautmann, was coached by Frank Gagliano in college and as a post collegiate. Now, some years later, Tom and John work with Frank Gagliano, to help a group of young American distance runners challenge their limits in the NJNYTC.

In this video, Tom Nohilly provides us some suggestions on how to speak to young athletes on their first big race. This is the big race season, and it shakes athletes up. Tom Nohilly uses his experiences well as a coach and offers suggestions on how to reach your young athlete rand how to inspire them for the upcoming big races.

JOHN1-1.pngJohn Trautmann is one of two Assistant Coaches with the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. John was a fine high school athlete, NCAA champion and Olympic Trials champion. Battling chronic injuries, John made a comeback as a Master and ran a new Masters Indoor WR.

John now works with assistant coach Tom Nohilly and Head Coach Frank Gagliano with some of the finest young American distance runners, sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE.

Here is John Trautman speaking on why he enjoys HOKA ONE ONE shoes.

This is offiical notes from Manhattan College on Matt Centrowitz named as Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.Cent coach.jpgPhoto: Manhattan College


Matt Centrowitz, Sr. plaque, Manhattan College, photo by Jeff Benjamin, August 22, 2018


Matt Centrowitz, Sr., Director T&F/Cross county coach, Kerri Gallagher T&F Coach, John Lovett, photo by Jeff Benjamin, August 22, 2018

IMG_7517.jpegCentrowitz by the Numbers, photo by Jeff Benjamin, August 22, 2018

Here's Jeff Benjamin's story on the Matt Centrowitz introduction today to the Manhattan College community. Pictures and story by Jeff Benjamin, long time Senior Writer for RunBlogRun from Staten Island. Jeff's father, Jack, all of 85, was there as well. Jack Benjamin last saw Matt Centrowitz, Sr. in 1982, when Matt won the Trevira Twosome 10 Miler.

The HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Corner is a series of videos, now in its third year, on the art and science of coaching high school athletes in cross country. We interviewed the coaching team of HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club at the Martinez Classic last summer. John Trautmann, an Olympian and NCAA champion, is one of the two assistant coaches with the NJNYTC. John answered this question from his experience as an athlete and coach.


This series is for coaches and athletes. Pass it around. If you have questions on coaching and training, please send them to [email protected].

I was reading a fine piece by our friend at, Robert Johnson. Robert was writing about a podcast edited and produced by Kyle Merber and Alexi Papas titled I love the idea ( and love that they are discussing Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince). Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a quite colorful character, flying mail flights prior to the opening of WW2. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, fighting for the Free French forces, disappeared over the Meditteranean sea in July 1944, and presumed to have died.The Little Prince has been published in 300 plus languages. It is more than a children's book, reminding me of C.S. Lewis' seven book set, The Chronicles of Narnia.

AO-Winter2013_FC-thumb-500x669-8492.jpgMary Cain on Winter 2013 cover of Athletes Only

Before I write on Mary Cain, one more suggestion to Kyle and Alexi. They might like Stories of God, by Ranier Marie Rilke, seven stories for children to understand the meaning of God. Written in 1899, over seven nights, Rilke was most profound and, when, as a junior in high school, I read this book, I began my life long fascination with Rilke.

So, back from that digression.

Mary Cain is a fine athlete. In 2014, Mary went professional (after her appearance at the 2013 World Championships). Mary Cain was a fun young teenager, and she had serious running skills. Alberto Salazar, the co-founder and coach of the Nike Oregon Distance Project, was quite impressed by the young athlete and began to advise her.

Mary Cain became one of those athletes who choose to go professional as a high schooler, a very small percentage of athletes who go from the 1.4 million high school boys and girls in track & cross country, skip the 130,000 young men and women in college track and cross country (including community college), and go professional, among the estimated several thousand athletes making from a few thousand to several million for their athletic prowess.

Coach Matt Centrowitz, Former American University Star Jeff Brannigan, Runblogrun's Jeff Benjamin
Olympic Champion Matthew Centrowitz. Note- After much Pleading, Matthew gave the OK for Jeff Benjamin to wear the 2016 Rio Gold Medal, but only for a few minutes😀!! "Hey--it was the only chance I'd ever get," said Benjamin!
Pic Courtesy of Wayne Baker

This is a quick series of five questions with Coach/Father/ former AR 5000m, Matt Centrowitz. Matt is coaching a summer camp next month. We suggest teams attending a camp each summer, a great way to bring the team together.

This part of our weekly HOKA ONE ONE Coaching series. The Shoe Addicts met with Tom Nohilly, John Trautmann and Frank Gagliano at the Martinez Classic and asked them a series of questions from coaches and athletes from around the country. This is question 21. We will be posting new videos each week through the season.

We hope that you like them. If you have questions on training, please email us at [email protected].

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