Cooper Teare Is Joining the Bowerman Track Club

By Jonathan Gault
August 25, 2022

Cooper Teare, the 2022 US 1500-meter champion, is joining the Bowerman Track Club. Teare, who also won the 2021 NCAA 5,000-meter title for the University of Oregon, turned professional after the 2021 NCAA cross country season, signing with Nike, and spent the 2022 track season training under in Eugene under Oregon men’s distance coach Ben Thomas. Now Teare will stay in town to train with BTC, which is relocating to Eugene after head coach Jerry Schumacher took the job as director of track & field and cross country at the University of Oregon.

LetsRun.com learned the news from Dave Ross and subsequently confirmed it with a well-placed source.

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Teare is coming off a successful 2022 campaign that saw him set personal bests in the 800 (1:47.48), 1500 (3:34.81), mile (3:50.17), 3000 (7:39.61), and 5000 (13:06.73) and win his first US senior title. It ended on a bitter note, however, as Teare finished 13th and failed to advance from his first-round heat at the World Championships in Eugene; Teare revealed after the race he was running on a stress fracture in his tibia.

As a member of BTC, Teare, 23, will join a star-studded group that features US 5,000m champion Grant Fisher and 2016 Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz as potential training partners.

Cole Hocker, Teare’s training partner as a collegian at Oregon and this year as a pro, is not joining BTC and will remain coached by Ben Thomas according to Hocker’s agent Ray Flynn.

It is unclear what Thomas’ future plans are but it is believed that he will not remain at the University of Oregon.

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