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,70:50 half marathon, 9:42 steeple), Tommy Schmitz (3:56.45 miler), former NCAA champ Josh McDougal, 3:58/13:38 performer Jake Edwards, 8:40 steepler Felix Hentschel, All-American at WVU Kaylyn Christopher, and Oly marathon trials qualifiers Lauren Woodring, Whitney Bevins, and Zach Hines. In total I've coached 4 athletes to top 20 at world championships (Sara Hall-20th at World XC, Jackie Areson-11th world indoors 3k and 15th world champs outdoors-4k, Ciaran O'Lionaird- world indoor champs-1500m, and Brian Barraza-13th World Junior Champs-5k).
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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 3:44 & 3:46 for 1,500m,8:03 & 8:08 for 3k and 13:56 for 5k. We have set school records in events ranging from 800m to 5k. In the past two years, we've had 3 men all-conference in each year, and had Brian Barraza place 4th at the South Central Regional, running 29:41 for 10k. In doing so, he ran the fastest XC 10k in school history and qualified for Nationals. Brian also finished 13th at the World Junior Championships in 2014.
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 The New Yorker, Wired, 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. A complete list can be seen below.
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 and serve as an Advisor to the tech startup company RunScribe.
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 two other occasions...
-High School Texas State Record Holder in the mile (4:01.02)
Popular Press Articles:
Running Times: Depleting for Performance
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
Runner's World: An unlikely journey through running
Competitor: My Interactions with Lance Armstrong
Competitor: Do the performance benefits of Caffeine come at a cost?
Competitor: Long Runs with "stuff"
Competitor: The Balancing Act- Speed and Endurance
News and Magazines:
The New Yorker: What is Fatigue?
NY Times: The Once and Future Way to Run
Wired: What's up with Running: Why does it hurt?
Outside Magazine: Stress Tested
Outside Magazine: Trick your body into getting faster by a Carb cleanse
Outside Magazine: Controversial new way to train for the marathon
The Wall Street Journal: Caroline Wozniacki Completes NYC Marathon After Busy Few Days
Huffington Post: Why I don't do Crossfit
Functional Path Training: Review: The Science of Running
Flotrack: Debating the use of Thyroid
Runner's World: A new Wrinkle to tapering
Runner's World: Pros and Cons of running Twice a day
Runner's World: Can't Hurry Love
Runner's World: How to do a workout after a race
Running Times: Minimalism in the Long Run
Running Times: Temporary Tattoo could be the new heart rate monitor
Running Times: Pace like a Pro
Runner's World: Who will win the trials?
Oregon Daily Emerald: Cross Country hits its stride
Atlanta Daily Constitution: After 7 years of injury, Mcdougal races Peachtree
Books mentioned in:
Tread Lightly by Peter Larson
The Runner's World Complete Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running by Scott Douglas
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
Runners Connect- Understanding the Science of Training to Run Faster
RunBlogRun- Want to run in college? This is what it takes
Complementary training: Interview with Steve Magness
South Carolina runners: Interview
Cross Country Express: Catching up with Steve Magness
Daily Relay- Athlete Tech
Coach Ben Rosario Show- Interview with Steve Magness
Armory Track- Interview with Steve Magness
Coach Jay Johnson- Interview with Steve Magness
Paleo Runner- Interview on training and diet
FreeLap USA- Muscle Fiber Types, Muscle Tension, and blood testing
Steve has also been interviewed by journalists for articles published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Wired, Runner's World, Outside Magazine, Competitor Magazine, Running Times, and Men’s Health.
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