Harrier Track Club
Training Philosophy

The all around method!

The following is a list of coaches we have studied in detail and the best ideas of each are used daily in our program. (Alphabetical order) 

Ernst van Aaken - His most known runners are Harold Norpoth and Jacqueline Hansen. Harold, a 5,000 silver medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, set the world 2k record and had a 5,000m PR of 13:20.

James "Jumbo" Elliott - Coached 66 world record holders  28 Olympians, five winning the Olympic gold (1956 and 1968) including Ron Delany (1956, 1500 m). Elliott, a college coach from Villanova University (1949-1981) won eight national collegiate team titles, while his athletes won 82 NCAA crowns.

Frank Gagliano - "Gags" has coached 12 Olympians, World and American record holders, 140 all-Americans and 7 national champions. Olympians including Steve Holman (3:50.60-Mile), Nick Symmonds (1:43.83-800), Christian Smith (1:44.86-800). Gags coached 20 athletes in the 2008 Olympic trials. He has coached at Georgetown, Rebok Enclave, Nike Farm Team and the Oregon Track club.

Mihaly Igloi - 49 world records, 45 American Records, 35 European records 157 Greek National titles and Olympic Champions. Igloi's athletes include Olympic 5k champion Bob Schul and world-class milers Sandor Iharos, Laszlo Tabori, Istvan Rozsavolgyi, Jim Beatty and Dyrol Burleson.

Iglói's method was interval training mostly used twice a day during training to develop both speed and stamina. A typical Iglói session involved tons of repetitions of various sprints  with only short jog recoveries; distance run in the longest and hardest sessions totaling up to as much as 35 kilometers

Arthur Lydiard

Alberto Salazar is the coach of the Nike Oregon Project, a Nike sponsored program aimed at producing Olympic-caliber athletes. He has coached at least 6 Olympians and 5 American record holders. Salazar athletes include Galen Rupp, Joaquin Chapa, Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, Dave Davis, Adam Goucher, Kara Goucher, Dan Browne.

Franz Stampfl Born in Austria and pioneered a scientific system of interval training which became very popular with sprint and middle distance athletes. Stampfl coached some of the greatest milers in the world including Roger Bannister, the world's first sub-four minute mile on 6 May 1954, Chris Chataway, Chris Brasher and Olympic Gold Medalist (1968) and world record holder Ralph Doubell. Stampfl coached 11 Australian athletes on the 1956 Olympic team. Stampfl was a great proponent of the interval style of training where athletes run high-intensity distance trials followed by short recover periods. An example could be 12 repetitions of 400 meters with a 200 meter jog between each.