Quick Facts

  • Coach to Olympians, World Championship qualifiers, and six individual Top 10 finishers at Major Marathons (Boston, NY, Chicago).
  • Writer on the science of performance with two books, numerous print articles, and a popular newsletter.
  • Lecturer in Exercise Science and Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary’s University (UK).
  • Media: has appeared on major TV (BBC, CNN, and more), major print media (The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN) and numerous radio shows and podcasts around the world.

About Steve Magness20150527-doping-magness

Steve Magness is a performance coach, author, and lecturer. He currently serves as a coach to almost 20 professional runners, is the Head Cross Country coach at the University of Houston and a Lecturer of Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary’s University, UK.

He’s coached at every level, from High School to Professional, having coached:

  • 4 athletes to top 15 at the World Championships
  • 8 World Championship team qualifiers
  • 6  Top 10 performances at a World Marathon Major (Boston, NY, Chicago,etc.)
  • a 2016 Rio Olympic Semi-Finalist
  • Over a dozen athletes to reach the Olympic Trials in events from 800 meters to the marathon
  • High School state champions, NCAA regional champions, and National Qualifiers.
  • Some of his notable athletes he has coached include Sara Hall, Mark English, Natosha Rogers, Jackie Areson, Neely Spence-Gracey, Lea Wallace, and numerous others.

As a writer, He is currently working on his second book, Peak Performance(Rodale, June, 2017) with co-author Brad Stulberg about performance across domains. His first book, The Science of Running, was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller. He got his start in writing as a columnist for Running Times Magazine. Additionally, his work has appeared in Competitor magazine, Runner’s World, Outside Magazine, Meter Magazine, New Studies in Athletics, The Huffington Post, and the International Journal of Athletic Training & Therapy.

As an expert, Magness has been featured  in articles in The New Yorker, Wired, Runner’s World, Outside magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and ESPN the Magazine. Magness has also been featured as an expert on TV for the BBC, CNN, BeIN Sport, as well as a variety of radio stations throughout the world.

As a consultant, Magness has provided resources for numerous world class runners, triathletes, Athletics Canada and a variety of other sports for physiology, nutrition, training, or injury/medical conditions.  He also currently serves as an Advisor to the tech startup company RunScribe, which raised over $250,000 on kickstarter.

Finally, as a runner, Magness ran a mile in 4:01 as a High School runner, which, at the time, ranked #6 all time for US prep athletes, and ranked him #1 in the US and #3 in the world as a High School athlete. He went on to compete at both Rice University and the University of Houston, reaching Academic All-American Status and qualifying for the NCAA National Championships.


B.S. University of Houston 2008 (Exercises Science) Suma Cum Laude Graduate
M.S. George Mason University 2011 (EFHP-Exercise Science) Suma Cum Laude Graduate

A Selection of Media Contributions:

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