RRCA Welcomes New Director of Coaching Education: Randy Accetta, Ph.D, release, note by Larry Eder


The largest grass roots running organization in the U.S. is the Road Runners Clubs of America. With over 1,300 clubs and 177,000 members. Here is a release on their new Director of Coaching Education, Randy Accetta, Ph.D.


RRCA Welcomes New Director of Coaching Education

The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce that Randy Accetta, Ph.D. has been hired as the Director of Coaching Education, tasked with updating and expanding the RRCA Coaching Certification program.

As an accomplished educator and runner, Randy brings a wealth of experience to the RRCA coaching program.  He is the Communications Mentor for the top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, where he has twice received Teacher of the Year honors.  Additionally, he has co-authored two continuing education courses on how to coach runners, and he has written running-based articles that have been published in Running Times, Runners World and the New York Times. Randy is the current RRCA State Representative for Arizona and is the immediate past president of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

A former 2:19 marathoner who competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Randy has a long history of coaching runners, including as the Program Director for Craftsbury Running Camps, the Arizona Coach for Team in Training, and The Workout Group in Tucson, Arizona. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), Randy credits his fellow Wesleyan alumni as inspiring him.

"Wesleyan has produced some of the major leaders of running in Bill Rodgers, Jeff Galloway, Amby Burfoot.  Those three have had such a positive influence on health and fitness in America.  I'm humbled that the RRCA has given me this opportunity to help improve our nation's running and fitness education."

Randy takes over for Patti Finke who voluntarily chaired the program efforts from 2003 to 2011.  The RRCA Coaching Certification was launched in 1998 by Roy Benson and Carl Sniffen, and was then led by Andy Palmer with support from Jim Duguay. Patti chaired the program efforts following the death of Palmer and was instrumental in expanding the program with assistance from instructors Mike Broderick and Janet Hamilton who joined the program in 2008 as instructors. Janet Hamilton will continue to instruct RRCA Coaching Certification Courses along with Dr. Accetta in 2012. The RRCA thanks Patti and her husband Warren Finke for their years of service to the program.  

Since 1998, the RRCA has certified 2,285 distance running coaches to work with adults of all ages and running abilities.  RRCA Certified Coaches can be found at www.rrca.org/find-a-coach/.

About RRCA: Founded in 1958, The Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise.  The mission of the RRCA is to promote the sport of running through the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country.  The RRCA supports the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages of life by providing education and leadership opportunities along with programs and services that benefit all runners.  www.RRCA.org <http://www.RRCA.org>  

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