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Steve Scott started out as a basebal player. His mom got Steve into running, encouraging him to join her morning jogs. In high school, he ran 1:52 for the 800 meters and 4:15 for the mile in high school. Steve Scott went to UC Irvine and was coached by Len Miller. Coach and athlete worked well together for many years. Steve had PBs of 1:45.05 for 800m, 2:16.01 for 1000 meters, 3:31.76 for 1,500 meters, 3:47.69 for mile, 7:36:69, and for 5000 meters, he ran 13:30.39.

Scott_S-Carlsbad03.jpgSteve Scott, photo by PhotoRun.net

Steve was from the truly golden time in miling, with the likes of Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Thomas Wessinghage, Steve Cram, Ray Flynn, Ray Wicksell, John Walker. These men would race against each other (well, most of them) every third or fourth night during the Summer season.

Jeff Benjamin caught up with Steve and here is what the coach of UC San Marcos suggested for young athletes.

Updated July 12, 2017

We liked this series with Frank Gagliano so much, we are republishing this. Watch next week when we start a 20 week series from Coaches Frank Gagliano, John Trautmann and Tom Nohilly, from HOKA ONE ONE's New Jersey New York Track Club, on how to be a better cross country runner!

Enjoy this video from Coach Frank Gagliano!

Originally published November 18, 2016

Frank Gagliano is one of the finest coaches to ever educate in our sport. Frank Gagliano is respected and admired by his current athletes and former athletes. Frank Gagliano has returned to the East Coast after a decade spent coaching at Nike Farm Team (Stanford) and Nike Oregon Track Club. Frank is now coaching the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club, along with assistant coaches Tom Nohilly and John Trautmann. We met with Frank after he greeted his athletes after the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k on November 5, 2016. With the Shoe Addicts' support, I interviewed 'Gags', as he is known to his athletes and friends, about the nature of coaching, who should run cross country. Gags loves what he does and loves coaching the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. We wanted to thank Frank Gagliano and Mike McMannus of of HOKA ONE ONE for providing us the time for the interview.
Screen Shot 2016-11-19 at 9.44.22 AM.pngCoach Gags and Larry Eder, photo by The Shoe Addicts

Ahmed_Mohammed1-Pre16.jpgMo Ahmed, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cheserek_Edward1-Millrose15.jpgEdward Cheserek, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cheserek 3:52.01 WL, Ahmed 13:04.60 WL


BOSTON (USA, Feb 26): At Boston University Last Chance Meet Edward Cheserek of the University of Oregon flew cross-country and made the long trip worth it, setting an NCAA record, Kenyan indoor record, and world lead in the mile with a 3:52.01 time. Cheserek won a very fast race that saw each of the top six men set PB's, including Kyle Merber finishing second in a career best 3:52.22. In the 5000m, Mo Ahmed ran a Canadian national record 13:04.60 to lead six men under 13:13, thanks in part to great pacemaking from Nike Bowerman Track Club teammates Dan Huling and Evan Jager. Eric Jenkins (13:05.85), Ben True (13:06.74), and Ryan Hill (13:07.61) all finished behind Ahmed in a hotly contested race, and all recorded 2017 IAAF World Championships qualifying marks (entry standard is 13:22.60). For the women, Molly Huddle and training partner Emily Sisson went one-two in the 5000m, timing 15:01.64 to 15:02.10. Sisson's time was a large PB, and they too got their world champs qualifiers (15:22.00 is the standard). Bolade Ajomale from Canada won the 60 m in 6.64 and Christopher Belcher clocked fast 20.59 PB in the 200 m. In women 400 m national record for Puerto-Rico as Grace Claxton achieved 52.64. From RRW.

Justin Lagat writes a weekly column for RunBlogRun. His column is going on four years now, and it is well recieved. Justin provides us with a view from Kenya that the majority of us, who do not travel to Kenya, or, have the ability to train with the world's greatest athletes, will never experience.

Kirui_AbelGroup1d-Kenya12.jpgAbel Kirui Training Group, photo by PhotoRun.net

John Trautmann was kind enough to sit down with The Shoe Addicts at the Dash to the Finish Line on November 5, 2017 This is part three of the interview series we did with John on the care and coaching of high school athletes.

John Trautmann photo .pngJohn Trautmann speaks with Larry Eder, November 2016, photo by The Shoe Addicts

John Trautmann was a 1992 Olympian over 5000 meters. John Trautmann lost 60 lbs over several years, and, listening to his college coach, Frank Gagliano, aka Gags, trained himself back into shape and set a world masters record for the indoor mile.

John Trautmann knows how to coach young distance runners because he was one. Listen to his comments. Coaching is both art and science.

Thumbnail image for Rupp_GalenFV-USAout.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated December 27, 2016: This is the warmup and cooldown document for distance runners written by Roy Stevenson. Keep it in your training program and
We provided some suggestions for sprinters, jumpers, throwers, and now, distance runners, on their warm up and cool downs. Special thanks to American Track & Field writer Roy Stevenson, who has written for us for a few years now.

Here is his suggestions for distance runners:

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Stephanie Brown-Trafton 2011 World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated December 27, 2016: This piece is the warm up and cool up program for throwers. I thought it might be a good read over the holidays. It is written by Roy Stevenson, one of our most prolific.
The U.S. has had a long history in the throws. Nice to see Stephanie Brown-Trafton break her own US record in the discus last weekend, with her 67.74m throw in Maui!

The throws: Javelin, Discus, Hammer and Shot are ballistic events. They are technical events. And, as Olympic and World bronze medalist John Powell told us, day after day, it takes thousands of throws to be a great thrower. It also takes a smart warm up and cool down to care for the mortal engine.

Here are Roy Stevenson's suggestions for warming up and cooling down. As with all of Roy's pieces, he speaks to many of the top coaches and athletes for their advice on how to perform the warm up and cool down correctly for the thrower. Please pass this along to your team and fellow coaches.

Ben_Rosario.pngBen Rosario, photo courtesy of the Shoe Addicts

Updated September 20, 2016, Videos 1-5

Updated October 25, 2016, Videos 1-7

(updated video list, reposted missing video 7)

Updated October 26, 2016, Video 8 added)

Addition is an acquired taste. Now, we actually have 8 videos posted on Ben Rosario, please enjoy! Special thanks to HOKAONEONEPostalNationals for their sponsorship!

Ben Rosario and his wife, Jen Rosario are the visionaries behind the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite, one of the finest clubs in our country. This series of videos, shot by Tim Jeffries and managed and produced by the Shoe Addicts, are posted weekly (August 23-December 20), as part of our support for the HOKAONEONEPostalNationals! We post the videos individually and also post on this coaching page.

Ben Rosario is a trailblazer. A fine distance runner who has evolved into a fine coach, Ben Rosario is one of the new generation of American coaches who will help develop the next great group of American distance runners. In this series of videos, produced by The Shoe Addicts and sponsored by HOKA Postal Nationals, the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite coach provides some insights into the art and science of coaching.

We have provided links to the videos on his coaching philosophy and style, but we will start with an interview I did last December with Ben Rosario, just after his team's victory at the USATF Cross Country Club Championships in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco!

Here's the link to the interview! http://www.runblogrun.com/2015/12/interview-with-hoka-naz-elite-coach-ben-rosario-by-larry-eder.html

The HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Interview series continues. After five segments with Ben Rosario, we are now shifting focus to Jen Rosario, who, along with Ben, supports the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite. The Northern Arizona Elite, under the support of HOKA ONE ONE this past year, has won US cross country championships for team and individual, as well as some fine placings in several US champs in 2016. One of the most impressive, in my mind, is that Northern Arizona Elite athletes placed fourth in both the 10,000m men's and women's races at the recent US Olympic Trials. A club that has not been around for more than three years is already putting athletes into serious contention on the ultra competitive US circuit. Here is part one with Jen Rosario on developing the club and the dream she shares with husband, Ben Rosario.
This is the May 2016 issue of California Track & Running News. CTRN is the oldest running magazine in the Golden State. It is published six times a year in digital form, always with a small print footprint. Twice a year, our entire subscriber list recieve CTRN. CTRN is published for the members of the four USATF Associations in California & Northern Nevada.

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