I am one of the two new cross country and track assistant coaches at the University of Dubuque. This is an incredible opportunity. The coaching staff is being refreshed with some new people so we have the chance to start some good habits. Additionally, UD has great facilities for track and field. The only thing we lack is a perfect javelin area. On the other hand, we do have a 200 meter indoor track.
The three member cross country staff had a three hour meeting Thursday to discuss all sorts of details. If you imagine that running is simple, define easy and hard for me. Part of the excitement for us is that we are building a system. None of us are established college coaches so we have the opportunity to start from scratch, which would be difficult for more experienced people to do.
One of my goals since high school was to coach. I did not expect the opportunity to appear while I am so young and this is a rare opportunity indeed.
How will this affect my engineering job? I will not stay at work late as often as I do now. Other than that it should not affect my job at all. Personally, I will probably wake up early to double more consistently so that I can do the workout with the team and still do my workout. I am excited to see where this leads. I feel that many people will benefit from this collaboration.