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Congratulations to Luci Smith!

Luci Smith

USATF Masters Regional Champion

Sun, Jan 22, 2017 - Winston-Salem, NC

First Place In:

  • 400m
  • 800m
  • 1 mile

Coaching Certification Opportunity

USATF Level 1

January 6-8, 2017 - Columbia, SC




Why use a running coach?

To help YOU go further, to achieve more.

"The coach develops the plan and provides advice and guidance.  The athlete does the work, the athlete makes the commitment, the athlete runs the miles. 

Coaches want to help people go further, do more, achieve what they did not know they could achieve, and Coaches believe in Athletes even when the Athletes may not believe in themselves."

-Steve Mullaney

Coaching Philosophy

What I Do

In the business world, Coach M has extensive experience identifying and resolving problems.  He understands processes and people, and how to bring out the best in both of them. 

He brings that same knowledge to coaching.  As a leader, he believes in developing people, in helping people achieve more. As a running coach, he believes in the same things. Because he believes running is a process, he believes the progress and improvement of a runner are also a process.  The training plan is part of that process.  Processes are meant to be monitored, with improvements to the process made as warranted.  And so it goes with training.  The runner’s progress is monitored, and the plan is adjusted as required.

Some coaches use a group plan approach, using a single plan and simply assigning runners to different pace groups.  Coach M does not use a group plan; every athlete receives their own individual plan.  Coach M does not simply change paces; he creates a separate training plan for each athlete based on their goals and their abilities.  Some coaches use canned plans.  Coach M does not used canned plans.  Coach M creates individual plans for each athlete.

Coach M firmly believes it is all about the athlete.  Sure, the coach may create the plan and provide guidance and advice, but it is the athlete that does the actual running.  Coach M’s role is to enable the athlete to perform at a higher level.  It is always about the athlete!


Coaching Certifications

NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations)

RRCA Distance Coach

USATF Level 2 (Endurance)

USATF Level 3 (Endurance)

IAAF Level 5 (Elite Coach)


Formal Education

Coach M has degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology (Power Distribution), in Computer Science / Software Engineering, and an Executive MBA (Executive Management; Strategy). He also has PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, as well as Six Sigma Black Belt (Process Improvement) certification, and has served as a volunteer Project Management Mentor as well as a volunteer Six Sigma mentor. He draws upon this background to bring a structured, methodical approach to coaching and training.


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