I had the pleasure of meeting and training with Andy during the Leadville 100 Training Camp in preparation for the Leadville Trail 100. During those few days in Leadville and the months following I am confident in the person and coach I met and now consider a good friend.
A good running coach is about more than the knowledge they possess of their sport, although this is vital, it is about instilling confidence in their runners, keeping their spirits high when they bump up against an unexpected setback, recognizing that life often intervenes with the best-laid-plans, and helping them chart the right course to their goals while never passing judgement on how mad those might be! I truly believe Andy would be such an effective coach, as well as a total pleasure to work with, because he combines all these elements so well. It feels like less of a coaching relationship and more a partnership.