‘World’s Best Coach’ joins Center for High Altitude Training

March 24, 2005 Contact: Natalie Harlan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: (928) 523-4444

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—Internationally recognized authority on distance running, Jack T. Daniels, has agreed to head the Center for High Altitude Training’s U.S. Distance Running Program. 

Runner’s World Magazine named Daniels the “World’s Best Coach.”
Daniels has a doctorate in exercise physiology from Wisconsin and has published “Daniels’ Running Formula,” detailing training programs and racing strategies. 

He has trained or advised a variety of America’s finest runners, including Jim Ryun, a three-time Olympian and world record holder, Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first women’s Olympic Marathon, and Ken Martin and Jerry Lawson, both sub-2:10 marathoners.

Daniels comes to Northern Arizona University after serving as head track and cross-country coach at the State University of New York at Cortland, where his athletes won eight NCAA national team titles, 31 individual national titles and 130 All-America awards.

“The hiring of Dr. Daniels provides us great leverage in increasing the success of distance running for USA Track and Field,” said the center’s assistant director, Sean Anthony. “He will be a considerable resource person for NAU as a whole, and his presence will likely provide some interesting opportunities for faculty and students in such areas as biology and exercise science.”

Daniels will be responsible for coaching emerging elite athletes in distance running, as well as youth selected for the Community Olympic Development Program. Both areas will focus on long-term athlete development in middle-distance and distance events. The program is expected to start in the summer.
“In all my years of altitude research and training distance runners I can’t imagine a better place for this type of program,” Daniels recently told the center’s staff. “The weather and environment are ideal, facilities are outstanding, and there is a group of individuals involved who are very experienced and successful in working with elite and emerging athletes. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I hope I am able to help increase interest and success in running and exercise in general.”

The Center for High Altitude Training hosts U.S. and international teams traveling to Flagstaff for training at altitude to enhance athletic performance, Since 1996, athletes training in Flagstaff have won 191 Olympic and Paralympic medals. In May, 2004, the U.S. Olympic Committee designated the Center for High Altitude Training a U.S. Olympic Training Site and home to a Community Olympic Development Program.

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