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George P., Houston, TX Track & Field Coach

George P.

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10 years of experience as a running coach, emphasizing better movement, injury prevention and smarter racing at all levels and ages (please see "Session Plan" for my youth policy). View all coaching experience

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  1. Houston, TX

Coach is willing to travel up to 25 miles

Packages

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Session Length: 1 hour

$50 1 session + applicable fees

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  • University of Texas--Austin (TX)

  • 10 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Teenagers

  • Middle Distance, Marathon, Long Distance, Cross Country

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Credentials

  • University of Texas--Austin (TX)

  • 10 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Teenagers

  • Middle Distance, Marathon, Long Distance, Cross Country

  • Form

More About Coach George

I have been coaching, training and rehabilitating athletes across sports since 2009. From 2012-2017 I coached and managed the Austin Track Club, preparing semi-pro mid-distance runners to compete around the US and Canada, including at national championships. I also trained two deaf sprinters for international competition, who brought home four medals for Team USA in the 2013 Deaflympics. Away from the track, I have developed movement and rehabilitation programs for ultra-marathoners, Division I soccer players and recreational / age group road runners.

I started running well after my window to be fast had already closed, so I jumped right into half-marathons and started adding distance from there. I hit my stride (eye roll) upon moving to Texas, setting my marathon PR of 2:48.27 (Dallas White Rock Marathon, 2011); finishing 8th overall and 1st in my age group at the 2013 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; and 5th overall at the 2013 Shiner Half-Marathon. I have also completed one 50K at The North Face Endurance Challenge in northern Virginia in 2011, finishing 15th overall despite having never run anything longer than a half-marathon at that point. Once I started coaching full-time I no longer had the best part of the day to train (do you like starting your tempo runs after 11am in Texas?), but recently took 2nd in my age group (35-39, 18:41) at the We Are Houston 5K as part of the Houston Marathon weekend, my first race in about 5 years.

As a coach I have qualified numerous athletes for the Boston Marathon, including several first-time marathoners. My athletes have achieved PRs and competed internationally in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and ultra-marathons. I have rehabilitated injured athletes in preparation for advanced military training and professional soccer tryouts, as well as road races and a variety of sports goals.

My first overall principle of coaching is that you can't move fast if you don't move well. My first principle specifically for running is that it is as much a skill sport as anything involving a stick or ball. Movement work is as much a part of the warm-up and cool-down as the easy-pace running, so when you are running during the session you are moving as close to perfectly for that day as you can. The movement work includes a lot of body-weight lunges, squats, etc. and we may bring in resistance bands, med balls and body bars, and - if possible / desired - we complement it with weight training. It may sound like a lot, but by connecting it with the running we have a smooth, efficient (time and biomechanically) and effective session that prepares the athlete for what he or she does on the other days of the week.

***YOUTH COACHING POLICY***

I only work with youth ages 13-17 if EITHER of the following applies:
- They play two or more organized sports (different sports! Cross country and distance races in outdoor track don't count as two) each year AND have at least 3 weeks of no organized activity after each team's season.
OR
- They play one organized sport AND have two 1-month periods of no organized activity each year.

Additionally, I will not work with a youth athlete within 3 weeks of the end of their season, nor during their season.

BOTTOM LINE: The worst things for long-term athletic development are early specialization and over-training. The best thing for long-term athletic development (all the way up to the pro ranks) is developing proficiency in the full range of athleticism by playing - truly, play! - a variety of sports.

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Coach George was fantastic. My 17 year old son loved working with him. He gained so much information in 1 session. He will continue working with Coach George.

We have only had 2 sessions with coach George, but my daughters attitude has gotten so much better and she has enjoyed the one on one training

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12 year old XC athlete son really enjoys working with George. He looks forward to the weekly sessions.

Friendly coach and a knowledgeable person. I enjoyed my session with George and I would highly recommend him

Excellent technique modification and teaching. Helps runners learn to identify their own technique issues and make the changes automatically so they don’t have to think about it while racing. I like that he works out with me and doesn’t just critique.

One session in and I already learned a lot, I immediately booked another session, I feel a lot more confident than I previously did and the techniques I’m learning is definitely a huge help, I would highly recommend Coach George to anyone .

Amazing knowledge!! Amazing techniques! Amazing trainer!!

Coach George is exactly the one we are looking for our son. He is knowledgeable and patient. He quickly pointed out my son’s problem in running. Big thanks!!!

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He was an excellent person!! I loved the session

I highly recommend Coach George.
He’s an amazing person and a great coach.
Very knowledgeable and professional. My son enjoys training with him and look forward to learn from him each session.

Wonderful and great with my middle school son.

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Coach George is very knowledgeable, high energy and a great coach. My daughter is loving her sessions and learning a ton. I’d highly recommend him for other runners looking to improve.

Coach George is a very knowledgeable and professional coach. He runs with you and observes every single movement you make, furthermore he uses his observation to help you achieve whatever goal you would have in mind.

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George is a phenomenal coach that I couldn’t recommend more highly. His professional and friendly demeanor not only means that he has a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you reach your goals, but is a pleasure to work with.
I reached out to George to help me prepare for my physical fitness test (PFT) with a law enforcement agency. The test consisted of a 300 meter sprint and 1.5 mile run. Prior to meeting with George I had been training for 10 months on my own, but my progress was flat. My best times were:

• 300 Meter—54 seconds
• 1.5 mile – 13 minutes
Both results would have been considered fails on my PFT.

However, after working with George for 6 months, I finally saw progress, as my times improved to:
• 300 Meter—50.8 seconds
• 1.5 mile—11 minutes, 15 seconds
Both times were solid passes.

I really couldn’t have done it on my own. So if you’re looking an approachable and knowledge running coach, you couldn’t do any better.

The first session with George was great! I like his approach towards coaching and improving your running.

Helped me a lot great coach !

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Coach George is very knowledgeable and was amazing to work with. He knows how to relate to young athletes and provide education to them on their level.

The coach was very attentive to what our daughter was needing to accomplish. He did a very thorough first workout and gave us a game plan for future sessions. Very professional and was really good with our daughter.

Quality time spent getting to know my daughter for first session

Coach George is a great coach! He keeps the sessions with the kids very entertaining making it very enjoyable for the kids. They enjoy and look forward to their running sessions. He is very knowledgeable and has a great positive energy that flows to his students. Two thumbs up👍🏻👍🏻

He is an awesome coach. Someone to entrust children with. I was so comfortable working with him. My son like him to continue.

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Coach George is good at teaching you things that you would never think would help you become a better runner. He also offers encouragement that increases your belief that you can get better.

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Coach George is awesome! He listened to our needs, worked on them and gave constructive feedback. I would definitely recommend him.

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