“He’s always done a phenomenal job of always putting the person above performance,” she says. “He cares so much more about the person than he does about the performance and any one of his athletes will really feel that. I think that what helps them thrive so much is they feel seen and cared for.
“He’s really always had that at the center of his philosophy. He’s grown as a coach in a lot of beautiful ways over the last few years.”
She adds, “Shortly after we both moved out to Flagstaff — at that point in our coach-athlete relationship, we had become way more collaborative — we started developing a friendship and then we started dating about 4 years ago.”
Over the past winter, the two got engaged, with plans for a wedding in the fall. “We’re really excited,” she says.
Met them briefly at a resort in Scottsdale when my kids were running a meet in Phoenix. Nice people.