Coach Mike Smith
Coach Mike Smith founded Team Run Flagstaff with mentor Jack Daniels. He was an All American at Georgetown University. He competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon. In addition to racing on the road and the track, Mike won the 2009 and 2011 Gore-Tex TransRockies Run, the 2009 Trailrun Worldmasters, and the 2011 Imogene Pass Run. Mike worked at the Center for High Altitude Training, Flagstaff's U.S. Olympic Training Site, until it's closure in 2009.
Assistant Coach Shayla Houlihan
Assistant Coach Shayla Houlihanmajored in exercise science and minored in coaching at University of Northern Iowa and received a master’s degree in health promotion and education from the University of Utah. She was the Stanford Invitation and the Drake Relays steeplechase champion in 2010, and placed sixth at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her opening steeplechase in 2010 was ranked first in the world early in the year. Her previous coaching experience includes three years as an assistant at the NCAA Division I level.
Assistant Coach Stephanie Rothstein
Assistant Coach Stephanie Rothstein was a two-time All American at UC Santa Barbara, where she got her B.S. in psychology and holds the school and conference records at 5000m and 10,000m. Since college, she has been a member of several U.S. national teams and placed twelfth at the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 10,000m. She ran the 2011 Houston Marathon in 2:29:35. Stephanie is a professional runner training with Team USA Arizona. Her previous coaching experience includes working with club teams in Eugene, Oregon.
Coach Emeritus Dr. Jack Daniels
Coach Emeritus Dr. Jack Daniels is a founding coach of the community running group that is now Team Run Flagstaff. Although he relocated from Flagstaff in 2010 his research and training philosophies are followed in the club’s training methodologies. Dr. Daniels is an exercise physiologist who has specialized in research related to endurance performance among runners and swimmers at sea level and altitude. His guidance as a coach has sent post-collegiate runners, from three countries, to five Olympics, and in college resulted in 30 National Champions and 130 All Americans. He has been named “World’s Best Coach” by Runner’s World magazine, and designated a master coach, by USA Track and Field. As an athlete he competed in three World Championships and two Olympics, earning Bronze Medals in one Olympics and one World Championship and a Silver Medal in another Olympics. Dr. Daniels’ education includes degrees from Montana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and additional study at the Royal Gymnastic Central Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.