Roger Busch - McKirdy Trained
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Roger Busch

“I’d rather you be 10% undertrained than 1% over trained.”


This is a philosophy that I learned early as a student-athlete and have carried with me ever since.  We all want to be able to play, run, compete, finish.  If we are on the sidelines watching, then no one is having any fun.  Therefore, understanding each person’s individual goals and guiding them accordingly is something I take into consideration with each and every person I have ever coached.

My introduction to running was in high school, when all I wanted to do was get in shape for basketball.  Fortunately for me, my JV basketball coach was my cross country coach.  Although I was a decent point guard, I quickly realized that I was having some success on the cross country course.  The relationship I had with my coach and the successes that followed are what inspired me to coach later on in life.


I saw success in college and made a choice to strive towards building on that once I graduated. Competing post-collegiately came with its highs and lows though. I was able to achieve a decent amount of success running on the roads, in the mountains and snow shoeing in the late 90s and early 2000s.

After miles upon miles of self-coaching and the hum drum of running 100 mile weeks, I transitioned to the world of triathlon when I moved to Maui, HI in 2000.  After a quick intro to the swim, bike, run sport, I was hooked.  I competed as a top amateur and then a couple of years as a pro before quickly realizing there was little money in the sport at the time.  They say hindsight is 20/20 and I agree.  The young athlete in me was too confident to realize the value of a coach. A lesson I wish I learned sooner.


20 Years of coaching collegiate athletes, professional athletes and the beginning runner has led me realize that the biggest reward is to see someone accomplish a goal that they simply needed a little encouragement to reach – regardless of who they are or how fast they are. Every time an athlete I serve reaches one of those goals it’s like I won the gold medal alongside them.

I have recently resigned from coaching at the NCAA level to spend more time with my family. A wife that was a very competitive runner (multiple time Big Ten champ while running for Illinois), and 2 awesome daughters Chanlie and Emmie (Busch baby #3 coming in March). I am beyond excited to join the McKirdy Trained coaching staff to continue the joy of coaching!

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