My involvement with the sport of running began while I was still wearing diapers. Traveling to cross country and track meets with my dad on weekends throughout every year of my childhood, I was immersed by the culture of RUNNING. People that know my family consider running to be in our blood. My dad was a collegiate runner turned successful High School coach. My two brothers were runners, with the younger of the two currently running at Rice University. As for myself, I was blessed to have the talent and dedication to continue running for a professional team. Into my high school years I was coached by Steve Magness, who is now considered one of the most prominent professional running coaches in the country. His guidance led me to a state championship victory and scholarship to run for the University of Texas in Austin. Fast forward six more years and I am running for one of the strongest long distance training groups in the country based out of Flagstaff, AZ called Northern Arizona Elite. A recurring theme in my coaches was a strong belief in their athletes and a passion to see them succeed that surpassed their own personal gain. This is the philosophy that I embrace and want all runners to experience in a coach.