Galen Rupp Picks NAU's Mike Smith As His New Coach

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In the wake of Alberto Salazar’s anti-doping ban, the former Nike Oregon Project head coach’s star pupil, Galen Rupp, was in need of a new coach. According to Runner’s World, the top marathoner has found his man in Mike Smith, the head coach at Northern Arizona University.

It’s a surprising union for both men, as Smith has no known association with Nike, Rupp’s sponsor for his entire professional career, while the 33-year-old Rupp has only ever been coached by Salazar dating back to high school. According to Runner’s World, Smith was surprised when Rupp reached out to him about working together in the fall and took awhile to consider the offer.

For Rupp, choosing a college coach is also a significant departure from Salazar, who was wholly focused on the professional group and who had a uniquely close relationship with the two-time Olympic medalist. Rupp has said in the past that he considers Salazar like a father figure.

Salazar was banned from coaching by USADA for four years on Sep. 30 for anti-doping violations. His appeal is expected to be heard in March. In October, Nike shut down the Oregon Project.

Smith is based in Flagstaff, Arizona, while Rupp lives in Portland, Oregon, so it is not yet known if the pair will work together remotely or if Rupp will begin training in Flagstaff. (Editor's Note: it has since been reported that Rupp will remain in Portland.)

While the former Nike Oregon Project assistant under Salazar, Pete Julian, remains in Portland and is coaching many of the same athletes he did while under the NOP umbrella, Rupp has elected to go a different route as he prepares to defend his U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials title on Feb. 29 in Atlanta.

Rupp dropped out in the latter miles of the 2019 Chicago Marathon in October, his first race back in a year after undergoing surgery for Haglund’s deformity in his foot. He has not raced since.

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Jacob Kiplimo Runs 7:26 To Beat Jakob Ingebrigtsen In Rome 3k

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Mondo Duplantis Clears 6.15m To Break Outdoor Pole Vault WR

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Mondo Duplantis has now set the indoor and outdoor pole vault world records in 2020 after the 20-year-old cleared 6.15m in his second attempt on Thursday in Rome.

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NCAA XC Champs Scheduled For March 15, But Hurdles Remain

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The NCAA Division I Council has approved a proposal to hold the cross country national championships on March 15, 2021, although conflicts with indoor and outdoor track and field could still stymie the plan, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

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Ryan Crouser Is Having One Of The Best Seasons In Track & Field History

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If there was such a thing as a shot put video game, you could say that Ryan Crouser is putting up video game numbers in 2020. 

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Under Attack, Men's T&F Teams Are Told Not To Fight Back

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As men’s NCAA track and field programs have been cut en masse in 2020, alumni have consistently emerged as the most powerful voices of resistance against the institutions they once represented. 

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Johannes Vetter Launches 97.76m Javelin, Second Best In History

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2017 world champion Johannes Vetter of Germany launched the second best javelin throw in history on Sunday in Chorzów, Poland, with his massive 97.76m heave, the top mark in over 24 years.

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