Mike’s greatest coaching influence has been his longtime mentor Terrence Mahon. Mahon, the former Mammoth Track Club coach, brought Mike on board in 2005 as a coach for his online training website Spiridon Running (later renamed Run Mammoth Coaching).
During his tenure with the Mammoth Track Club, Terrence coached multiple national champions and landed numerous athletes on U.S. World Championship teams for cross country, indoor track, outdoor track, and road running, including 4 Olympians in 2008 and 2 more in 2012.
Additionally, Mahon guided Deena Kastor to victories at the 2005 Chicago Marathon and 2006 London Marathon. Kastor’s time of 2:19:36 at London was a new American Record and made her one of only 8 women in history to break the 2:20 barrier.
The following year Terrence led Ryan Hall to an American Record half marathon time of 59:43, making him the first American to ever run faster than one hour for the 13.1 mile distance. Later that spring Hall ran 2:08:24, the fastest ever debut marathon for an American man.
Drawing his knowledge and philosophy from Mahon and other coaching influences such as Marcus O’Sullivan, Joan Nesbit, Jerry Schumacher, and Michael Whittlesey, Mike has now branched off on his own and is looking to continue the success he enjoyed with a wide variety of athletes since beginning as a coach 7 years ago.
One of these athletes was 50 year old Bob Schwelm, who was the first Masters finisher at the 2009 Chicago Marathon while running 2:30:55, the fastest time of the year by a 50-59 year old American. More recently, Mike coached Chico Track Club’s Tim Tollefson to a PR of 2:21:59 at the 2011 Chicago Marathon and then another PR of 2:18:26 two months later at the Cal International Marathon, the latter time an Olympic Trials qualifying mark.
Mike also has vast experience writing training programs for charity groups consisting of runners of all abilities and experience levels, from top age group runners to first time marathoners. Most notably he was the marathon coach for the Hall Steps Foundation runners competing in the 2009 Boston Marathon and 2009 Chicago Marathon. He was also the marathon coach for a large group of magazine editors in conjunction with the New York Road Runners and the 2007 New York City Marathon.