I competed at the high school and collegiate levels, running for Argo High School in Summit, Illinois and Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. After college, I continued running, with my post-collegiate career culminating with participation in the Boston Marathon.
After college, I moved to Michigan City, IN, where I began teaching history and coaching middle school cross country and track. In 1989, I took over the girl's track team and within 4 years took them from a record of 3-73 to the state meet, where we placed 4th overall. I have been coaching for a total of 29 years, and my highlights include sending 125 athletes to the state meet, where 57 medals were won. Included in those medal winners were 2 state champions and 8 runner ups. I have been nominated for the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) Coach of the Year award 8 times, and the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association 7 times.
After retiring in 2015 from high school teaching and coaching, I was the assistant middle-distance coach at Portage High School and began working with elite athletes, as well. I enjoyed a trip to LA to coach at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for the Marathon. I am currently employed by Portage High School in Portage, IN to coach their middle distance and long distance athletes.
I am committed to continuing my coaching education. Most recently, I attended the Chris Korfist Speed Consortium at Hinsdale Central High School.
My coaching philosophy is to guide each athlete's training to prepare them to be Fast, Healthy and Motivated for their goal race. To do this I will listen to the athlete's story, watch video, and when possible go to races to see the athletes compete. Then we will draw up an individualized plan that meets the athlete's goals and time restrictions. I firmly believe, to achieve your goals, you must get to the starting line healthy.