Now available for in person, socially distanced training in Barboursville, West Virginia.
Barboursville City Park is a great place to train! Many park amenities are temporarily closed so bring your own water, but a variety of running areas are open for use.
I am available to coach runners of all ages from Middle school- High School age boys or girls preparing for Cross Country or Track Seasons (800m and up) to adults training for 5ks to marathons. Training sessions available for beginning to competitive distance runners.
I have coached many first time runners who have successfully completed the New York City Marathon, top level high school athletes prepping for collegiate careers and experienced runners looking to break through to a higher level.
SAFE SPORT certified.
In 1974, I was the first girl in the City of Los Angeles to compete in High School Cross Country, on the boys team. I began working with 1952 Hungarian Olympian, Lazslo Tabori, the third man to break 4 minutes in the mile, and competed for the San Fernando Valley Track Team, training with women's running legends Miki Gorman and Jacqueline Hansen. I was named an alternate for the 1976 senior women's world cross country championships (at the age of 18).
I moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1977, competing for the Oregon Track club. I became the first woman to receive an athletic scholarship for cross country at the University of Oregon where I competed through 1978, setting school records in the 3k, 5k, 10k and marathon.
I experienced the burnout and injuries that often accompany collegiate sports and left the sport for 10 years, returning at age 30 to have a successful career as a professional road runner in Oregon. I have competed in 13 marathons and many road races at a national level, was the top American finisher in a Pan AM women's 10K and competed in the 1992 Olympic marathon trials for Nike Oregon International.
In 1993, I began coaching track and cross country in the small town of Tillamook, Oregon, where I raised my two daughters and coached boy's and girl's teams and individuals to success on the state level and college scholarships.
I moved to New York in 2011 and after an indoor season job as an assistant director at the Armory Track and Field Foundation, I took a full time position as a gymnastics instructor on the upper east side (I was a Gymnastics Program Director at a YMCA and became a USAG certified gymnastics coach while living in Oregon). I taught recreational through pre team gymnastics for 9 years in NYC and use my experience in that sport to keep my athletes balanced and injury free.
Competing for the New York Flyers running team, I was honored to receive the NYRR runner of the year for women over 60 in 2018 and 2019.
My coaching philosophy, for young people is based on addressing long term goals in an athletic career, avoiding injury, surviving high school competition schedules and looking at life beyond athletics.
For older athletes, I emphasize personal goal setting, staying injury free and getting the most out of training while dealing with work, family and life.
My coaching influences come from a variety of training philosophies.
Tabori's coach, Mihaly Igloi,was known as the "father of interval training" and my training in California was intense but balanced.
University of Oregon, back in the 70's was about intense mileage. I often ran my long tempo runs with the men's team on their easy run days. I trained with Alberto Salazar, the McChesney brothers, Matt Centrowitz (sr) and many other Duck track icons. I learned the hard way that I could not keep up the hard interval work with fast, high mileage, go to school and work part time. I suffered multiple stress fractures before I left the sport to focus on my health and education.
In my 30's, I took charge of my own training, with guidance from Olympian Benji Durden, and had several years of injury free sucess, finding the balance that had eluded me as a student athlete.
When I retired from racing and began coaching, I tailored training to an individual's needs, paying particular attention to lactate threshold training, recovery and gradual development of the athlete. I incorporated traditional interval training and easy longer runs into a successful formula for my athletes, who consistently peaked for championship events and finished seasons with personal bests.
I am sensitive to the demands of the high school schedule, the desires of a typical high school coach and can work with individual athletes in pre season preparation, as well as helping through a competitive season. I can work with JV athletes who wish to make varsity, or top performers working towards championships.
My most important goal is to help my athletes achieve their personal goals in sports, education and life.
I am a retired recreational gymnastics coach and had American Sports Education Coaching certification, background checks with the National Center for Safety Initiatives, concussion training and child abuse prevention training.
In winter 2021/2022, I will have a flexible coaching schedule and can be booked for one hour in person sessions, that include email follow up of the athlete's training for the week. I also have have office hours available for any questions that arise weekly in regards to training.