February 6, 2019
On this week’s podcast we previewed the NYRR Millrose Games and were joined by coach Scott Simmons, whose American Distance Project runners swept the top 5 spots at the US Cross Country Championships last weekend, led by Shadrack Kipchirchir getting the win. Scott may be having more sucess than any coach in America and we tried to learn how he got to where he is and what helps his team stand out.
Scott reveals he started out coaching a middle school team while in college.
Is coaching Army runners different than coaching non-Army runners? What about Kenyan-Americans vs non-Kenyan-Americans? What makes Paul Chelimo stand out (besides his Lexus SUV)? What does Scott do to ensure his guys are clean? How will they do at World Cross?
Those are some of the questions we posed to him.
As for Millrose, we previewed the distance races and the mile world record attempt by Yomif Kejelcha and Clayton Murphy. Will Donavan Brazier or Ajee’ Wilson break the American 800 records? What will Katelyn Tuohy do in the high school mile?
Show notes below. Listen in the player below or at your favorite podcast provider. (You can download the podcast via the Soundcloud link below if you’d rather do that).
Quick Show Notes (Click on a timestamp below to have the player start at that point)
[0:00] Introduction, Welcome
[03:14] Julian Edelman Drug Cheat and Super Bowl MVP
[10:01] Usain Bolt at the Combine? Plus a Comeback?
[13:27] Millrose Games- World Record Attempt in Mile
[23:35] Will the American Records Fall at 800?
[30:37 ] Katelyn Tuohy and high school mile record- should she have done world XC instead?
[36:03] Men’s 3000m Talk
[43:23] Wanamaker Women’s Mile
[46:43] Shelby Houlihan- her dominance at US cross, will she run World Cross, her medal chances.
[55:06] Where are the Bowerman men, 12,000 show up for an indoor meet in Germany
[57:24] Rojo guesses what Scott Simons talks about.
[61:53] Scott Simmons Interview
[63:56] World XC best race in World and US Team chances
[72:33] How does he get his guys to improve so much? (Scott says Frankline Tonui who was 11th at US Cross may have been the best performance of anyone on his team).
[82:12] Army vs WCAP vs ADP
[86:45]How does he convince people his guys are doing it clean?/ Staying away from the gray area/Anti-doping pledge they sign
[90:30]What is going on with athletes testing positive in Kenya?
[94:12] Is Coaching a Kenyan American different than coaching a kid born in America?
[98:00] What separates Chelimo from the rest of the team?
[100:53] How did Scott get started as a coach? He chronicles his journey from being a middle school XC coach to coaching the best in the world.
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