I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and moved to England then Canada at eleven and again to the United States for University. As a result I have two citizenships (British and Canadian) and a green card to live and work in the US.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Biology (Dean's list and Academic All-American) I was a volunteer assistant coach at both the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University. I enjoyed working with the cross country and track teams at both universities and it was a great compliment to my own running career.
In 2005 I moved to Nederland, Colorado to live in the mountains and train at altitude. It is a great place to live and train and has a nice running community that is both a part of and separate from the better known Boulder just down the hill.
Coaching the high school track and cross country teams in Nederland has allowed me to get more involved with the community and they are a great group of kids.
I have had a few 'breaks' in my career. In 1994 I was diagnosed with Graves' disease which is an autoimmune disease that kept me out of running for a couple of months but is in remission now.
I have now transitioned completely from professional athlete to coach and love the rewards and challenges of coaching. I am a USATF Level 3 certified coach bringing a wealth of knowledge to coaching every athlete I coach whether it's a 5 year old at our club Saturday Morning Youth clinics or my elite athletes competing at Major Championships.