This picture is of two-time NCAA Division I 800-meter Champion Edward Kemboi of Kenya. Edward has a best of 1:44 for 800 meters. Edward attended Iowa State University. I began coaching Edward remotely in January 2023. Edward will transition to the 1500 meters this season.
Image credit: PhotoRun
Helping people reach their running goals is my passion and mission in life. My mission is to help all runners reach their God-given potential—from first-time runners to world-class athletes.
In addition to the high school teams and athletes I coach, I select a few emerging elite or professional athletes to work with each year. I am currently working with a runner who ran 1:44 for 800 meters and another runner with a lifetime best of 1:46 for 800 meters.
People I Honor
In my blog, I also write about the people and teams I coach, best practice training, and positive stories about the running community.
My favorite type of writing is highlighting others who make a positive and meaningful difference in their running and other communities. Periodically, I honor someone in the running community who goes well beyond the extra mile to support our Cross-Country and Track and Field sports.
The type of person I honor includes athletes, educators, and coaches who make a meaningful difference on and off the field, exceptional community volunteers, outstanding media professionals who cover our sports, and individuals who genuinely help cross-country and track and field grow in our country through innovative and out-of-the-box ideas.
Unsung Heroes Of Our Sport
The people I honor are gold medal winners in my book within their expertise. They are our sport's unsung heroes, meaning they are not adequately recognized for contributing to our sport.
The current high school team I coach, Pope John Paul II, is located in Lacey, Washington. In high school coaching, I've been fortunate to coach 12 Washington State High School Championship teams in the last 11 seasons of coaching. I've also coached many individual state champions.
I've also been blessed to help Master's runners win or place high in national Master's championships. I've also coached a national record holder. In the picture is Karen Steen, who I coached to the Olympic Marathon Trials and later to National Master's Championships in the 400 meter hurdles and the Steeplechase.
I also coached Tony Volentest to a world record in the 200 meters and gold medals in the world Paralympic Track and Field championships.
Photo Credit: Tony's book cover: The Fastest Man In The World, The Tony Volpentest Story
I am currently coaching 1:46 800-meter runner Morgan Shadrack, remotely, in Kenya.
Morgan is pictured with 800-meter world record holder and Olympic 800-meter champion David Rudisha.
Photo Credit: Morgan Shadrack