Meet the Coach

Coaching Philosophy

Stephen

Coach Stephen aka “Ultra Flunkie” - “Coach Stephen is a husband, father, ultra runner, and retired U.S. Marine.  He understand the hectic life of being a parent and/or spouse and also being an athlete.  There never seems to be enough time in the day to fit work, home life, and training in.  Stephen will work with you to find the best way to reach your goals.  He believes that the relationship between the coach and athlete is the foundation of any training program.  An Athlete and coach needs to have a mutual level of trust and respect for each other and the athlete must believe that the coach’s number one priority is the athlete's health and safety. So if for some reason he cannot meet your training needs he will use his extensive connections in the running community to help you find your perfect running or nutrition coach.  

 

Coach Stephen began his coaching career in 2002 after realizing the one-size-fits-all training methodologies were inadequate and often led to injuries.  Stephen began using his skills developed as an intelligence analyst/officer to research and evaluate current training methods to identify ways to better match an athlete's capabilities to the most effective training modalities.   His passion for running and learning is still a major factor in his life.  Stephen continues to seek out the most current studies in athletic development and training methodologies in order to provide the most effective and safest training plans for his athletes.  This included investing in new technologies, such as metabolic analysis systems and 3D running gait analysis, to bring training opportunities to all athletes that once was reserved for the elite.

Coach Stephen’s coaching philosophy is simple

Self-criticism is a cardinal sin. You put a lot of effort, dedication, and sweat into your training. How many people do you know are doing nothing but binge watching tv shows while you are out training.  Ever workout, every run, every early morning or late evening should be celebrated.  Even a bad run was still hard work and is still progress towards your goal. You should celebrate and be proud of the work you do no matter how insignificant you think it might be.

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Have fun and enjoy the training. It is all about maintaining a Positive Mental Attitude! Don’t focus on how much further you are running today and how it feels uncomfortable. Instead be amazed that you ran further today than you ever have, or faster, or more times more miles in a week than you ever have.  Mindset is everything and a positive mindset can be the difference between success and failure.

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Trust in the training and believe in yourself! You are more capable than you may think you are.

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Yes, you can do it!"

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Coach Stephen’s

Secret to Sucess

“You must become comfortable with being uncomfortable or at least become uncomfortable with being comfortable”

Certifications

United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy (UESCA)

  • Running Coach

  • Ultrarunning Coach

Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)

  • Adult Running Coach Level 2

  • Youth Running Coach Level 2

USA Track & Field (USATF)

  • Track & Field Coach Level 1

Association of Clinical Excellence (ACE)

  • Running Gait Analyst

Precision Nutrition

  • Nutrition Coach