A great read about Gags the coach and person, with humorous stories and insights from many including Boylan-Pett, Kyle Merber and Vin Lananna.
Includes a funny anecdote about why Coach Gags wanted Cabral on the team.
"When I first was looking to join New Jersey*New York Track Club, I met with Coach Gags [Frank Gagliano], and he gave me this big hug and welcomed me to the team. He’s like, “Donn, do you (know) why I think you’ll be good for the team and why I really want you on the team?” And I was thinking that he was going to say he saw me at Penn Relays, he likes the way I finish races or my toughness or how hard I train — all the reasons that people are confident in themselves. And his answer, why he wants me on the team, is because I’m from the East Coast. He was telling me that he thinks that everyone shouldn’t have to uproot their lives and move out to Oregon if they want to be the best runner they can be. And so I don’t think that’s on my mind every day at the club, but I think occasionally it is really refreshing."
Read all about the rise of Palmer, a former HS football star who became someone who never broke 4:00 in the mile, never made NCAAs, but finished 5th in the 1500 at the 2014 US Championships.
*MB: Ford Palmer on ESPN: Runner, Vegan, Lifeguard, 4:00.00 miler
*See our interviews/analysis on Palmer from USAs here and here.
His spot was given to Pat Casey who ran 3:35.95 for 2nd at the Oxy Meet last week. Heath was 5th (3:36.88).