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The Coaching Runners Podcast helps coaches hone their craft via in-depth interviews with elite coaches and accomplished athletes, as well as sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches. Jay Johnson hosts the show. Links and notes from each episode can be found at

Jan 16, 2019

Howard Russ just completed his 11th season as men’s and women’s head coach for Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton.

In 2018, Russ’s girls won their first OHSAA Division One state
championship, and Russ had his first state champion individual with junior Taylor Ewert. Ewert is a 4-time...

Jan 13, 2019

Tony Holler is the boy's track coach at Plainfield North H.S. (IL). In 2018 Coach Holler's team swept the sprints - 4x100m, 4x200m, 100m, 200m - at the IHSA State Meet, setting two state records. He’s been coaching high school athletes for 38 years.

Tony is the owner of “Feed the Cats,” a system for training...

Jan 9, 2019

Dr. Jeff Messer serves as department chair for the Exercise Science Department at Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Messer also serves as a volunteer assistant coach for boys' cross-country and track-&-field at Desert Vista High School, Phoenix, AZ.
In addition, Dr. Messer serves as a personal coach for...

Jan 6, 2019

Jeff has a unique background as a coach, in that he was a distance runner in high school and college. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, to train, and found himself coaching the jumps at Lyons High School, just north of Boulder.

He took the challenge of becoming a great jumps coach seriously, and that meant taking a deep...