I'm currently the Head Cross Country coach at the University of Houston for both the men and women. Additionally, I coach professional runners Sara Hall (52:54-10mile, 9:42 steeple), Tommy Schmitz (3:56.45 miler), former NCAA champ Josh McDougal, 3:58 miler Jake Edwards, and All-American at WVU Kaylyn Christopher.
(If you're interested in being coached post collegiately, contact me via email .)
From 2011 through to the 2012 Olympics I coached professional athletes for Nike. I've been fortunate enough to coach other professionals, including coaching Olympic trials qualifying steepler Lindsay Allen, Irish miler Ciaran O'Lionaird (1:48 and 3:54mi indoors), and 5k runner Jackie Areson, who finished 11th at the 2012 world indoor champs and 15th at the 2013 world outdoor championships under my guidance.
I got started in coaching by being fortunate enough to coach a great bunch of High School runners for 4 years. In that period of time, six individuals were top 10 at the regional XC meet, and the team qualifying for the state meet on multiple occasions, with a best of finishing 2nd behind national powerhouse the woodlands, which resulted in the team being nationally ranked. In addition, Ryan Dohner advanced to the national meet and finished 12th overall. On the track, I've seen consistant improvement in each athlete. A sampling of PR's from my HS guys: 4:13, 4:14, 4:17, 4:18,4:19, 4:20, 4:25, 4:26 and 4:27 for 1600m and 8:55, 9:15, 9:22, 9:26, 9:27, 9:30, 9:33, 9:38 for 3200m. In 2010, I got to coach my first state champion in the 3200m. More importantly, most of these guys have gone on to have successful NCAA careers which I take pride in because it meant they were set up for long term development.
At the University of Houston, we've quickly established a middle distance power with athletes running 1:48.40, 1:49.08, 1:49.33 for 800m and 3:46 for 1,500m, and a freshman running 14:13 5k in the first 2-years. We have set school records from 800m to 5k
I have also dabbled in writing, as can be seen in this blog. I'm the author of the book, The Science of Running, and am a current monthly writer for Running Times magazine. Additionally, I have written articles for Competitor magazine, New Studies in Athletics and various scientific peer reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Athletic Training & Therapy. I've been featured in articles in Runner's World, Outside magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and in the books Tread Lightly and Runner's World Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running.
In addition to coaching, I have acted as a consultant to numerous world class runners, triathletes, and a variety of other sports for physiology, nutrition, training, or injury/medical conditions. Additionally, I have done work with a few national governing bodies with coaches education and training models. Lastly, I've been fortunate enough to work with a handful of running related technology/physiological testing companies.
B.S. University of Houston 2008 (Exercises Science)
M.S. George Mason University 2011 (EFHP-Exercise Science)
PhD. University of Houston (in progress)
1 mile- 4:01.02
10k CC- 29:50
-Ran at Rice University and University of Houston, qualifying for regionals in track twice, and nationals as an individual in Cross Country. Also nicely missed nationals by 2sec and .04sec on other occasions...
-High School Texas State Record Holder in the mile (4:01.02)
Popular Press Articles:
Running Times magazine: True Grit: why racing hurts
Running Times magazine: Strategies for Doubling
Running Times magazine: When to pull the plug on the season
Running Times magazine: Workout to improve Lactate Clearance Rates
Running Times magazine:Managing Muscle Tension
Running Times magazine: Doubling and Tripling Performance
Running Times magazine: When Damage is a good thing
Running Times magazine: Avoiding the hard/easy trap
Running Times magazine: The peaking problem
Competitor: My Interactions with Lance Armstrong
Competitor: Do the performance benefits of Caffeine come at a cost?
Runner's World: A brief chat with Steve Magness
Runner's World Daily: Chat with Steve Magness
Athletics Illustrated: The Magness Report- part 1
Athletics Illustrated: The Magness Report-part 2
Athletics Illustrated: The Magness Report part 3
Complementary training: Interview with Steve Magness
South Carolina runners: Interview
Cross Country Express: Catching up with Steve Magness
Steve has also been interviewed by journalists for articles published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Runner's World Magazine, Outside Magazine, Competitor Magazine, Running Times Magazine, and Men’s Health Magazine.
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