Dave Smith, Oklahoma State
Dave Smith had one of the top xc recruiting classes in the country this past year with Fernandez, Lowe, Prentice, and transfer John Kosgei. Dave talks about recruiting, what makes it difficult and what makes it rewarding.
Dave's Oklahoma State Cowboys will be one of the top teams compete at next week's NCAA Championship that will be held in Terre Haute, Indiana on Mon, November 24th at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
Check out Dave's full profile HERE.
Vig on Virginia
Virginia`s new Director of Track and Field Jason Vigilante talks about the move to virginia from texas.
Todd Harbour, Baylor
A lot of people may not know that the US's fastest collegiate miler of all time is coaching at Baylor, a Baptist University down in Waco, TX. He ran 3:50.34 at Oslo, Norway his senior year in 1981 (still 7th fastest American all-time). He is also the only athlete in NCAA history to earn runner up honors 3 years in a row in the 1500m. Harbour talks about the race where he ran the fastest collegiate time ever, how nerves play a part in racing, and aspects of running that have carried over from being an athlete to coaching.
Watch Todd's collegiate record race in the 1981 Dream Mile HERE (he finishes 5th). Harbour broke the US record in this race, but Steve Scott finished ahead of him.
Karen Harvey, FSU
Canadian native and Michigan alum, Karen Harvey, is the queen of quick success. While only in her second year coaching at Illinois, Harvey took the Illini to their first NCAA Championship and by the fourth year they finished 8th in the country along with winning the regional crown. In her first year at FSU, the seminoles improved from 21st to 3rd at the NCAA meet! Harvey also coached Susan Kuijken to a 3rd place finish in 2007.
Read more about Coach Harvey HERE.
Greg Metcalf, Washington
Washington coach Greg Metcalf led his Huskie Women to a clean sweep of the Pac-10 Championship on October 31st. Washington placed 6 runners in front of every Pac-10 team, including the #2 ranked Oregon Ducks (who hosted the meet). With two weeks left, Washington is favored to win the 2008 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on Nov 24th. Metcalf talks about "controlling the controllables" and their chances as they prepare for this year's championship.
Michael Whittlesey, UNC
Every Monday at Universities all over the country, coaches meet with their teams to discuss results from the weekend, layout the upcoming week, and point out things the squad needs to work on. So every Monday Flotrack will bring you an interview with coaches from all over the US to talk about their programs, goals, and how they got to where they are today.
Coach Michael Whittlesey has coached many greats while at UNC including Blake Russell, Alice Schmidt, Carol Henry, Shalane Flanagan, and Brie Felnagle. Coach Whitt talks about his athletes over the years and how he got to UNC in 1999.
Whittlesey's UNC Profile
George Watts, Tennessee
Tennessee Volunteers' Coach George Watts not only coaches his collegiate athletes but also some professionals including Fam and Jebreh Harris. Coach Watts talks about juggling both pros and collegiates.
Rollie Geiger, NC State
At the end of the '08 Outdoor season we talked to NC State Head Coach Rollie Geiger about his career and his program. Coach Geiger has won a combined 32 ACC team championships and 19 individual ACC championships (between the men and women). He talks about how he keeps such a competitive team year in and year out and also talks about the future of the men's team.
Robert Chapman, Team Indiana Elite
Team Indiana Elite is in its second year of existence. Coach Robert Chapman talks about why he decided to start a post collegiate running group and why it is important to distance running in the US.
Check out more on Team Indiana Elite HERE.
Rene Paragas, Saugus HS
Rene Paragas is the coach of the #1 high school girl's team in the US. This past weekend he lead his girls to another state title, setting a new course record at Woodward Park. With less than a week to go, Saugus is preparing to win a national team title at NXN, but will have to go through some tough teams like NY's Fayetteville Manlius. Flotrack's David Williams sat down with him the week of CIF Finals.
Ricardo Santos, Iona
New Iona coach, Ricardo Santos, talks to us about his recent move back to his Alma-mater.
Jason Dunn, Stanford (2 of 2)
Part 2 of 2 Stanford head distance coach Jason Dunn talks about phenom Chris Derrick and working with incoming runners from different training backgrounds. He also discusses the high expectations at Stanford and his training philosophy.
Lance Harter, Arkansas
Lance Harter is in his 19th year as the head coach of the University of Arkansas. While there he has won 18 SEC titles (12 XC, 3 indoor, and 3 outdoor) and earned 6 NCAA trophies....4 of which have been runner up at the NCAA XC Championships. Harter is said to be "the most successful coach in University of Arkansas Lady Razorback and Southeastern Conference womens cross country/track & field history."
Check out his XC Bio HERE.
Chris Bucknam, Arkansas
Chris Bucknam has taken over the reins at the University of Arkansas. The program has had more success than any other program in the country and Bucknam is excited about taking Arkansas back to the top. Here he talks about the challenges in making such a big move after 25 years at the University of Northern Iowa and the importance of getting the trust of a new team.
Bill Hoffman, CBU
Christian Brother's University is a small D2 school in Memphis, TN. Coach Bill Hoffman, founder of the Memphis Twilight XC Classic, talks about his journey to CBU and the challenges faced by a small program with a small budget to stay competitive.
Dennis Barker, Team USA Minnesota
Learn a little bit about the post-collegiate professional group known as Team USA Minnesota with Coach Dennis Barker.
To learn more about Team USA Minnesota, Click HERE.
Jason Dunn, Stanford (1 of 2)
PART 1 of 2 After developing the University of VirginiaÂs distance into a nationally recognized program, Jason Dunn is now the head cross country coach at Stanford. He takes over a program that possesses rich tradition and a potent 2008 roster. An 8:45 steepler at William and Mary, Dunn talks about how his running career opened doors into coaching. Dunn talks about his career to this point and future goals at Stanford.
Ron Warhurst coming back from the service
Warhurst talks about life after Vietnam, what it was like coming back to the US, and how the soldiers were received by the people.