I have been extremely fortunate in my life to have had some wonderful coaches, none of whom was more influential on my life than my high school coach; Jim Linhares. Jim and I have remained in touch ever since, we’ve worked on a number of events together in Saint Louis and we’ve become good friends. In 2015 we released a book titled Tradition, Class and Pride; Building a Cross Country Dynasty.
The book takes the reader through the entire process of building a winning program designed for sustained success at the high school level. Jim lived this at Saint Louis University High School where he inherited a team of eight runners in 1983 and built it into a 100 man powerhouse, winning three State titles along the way. The book covers everything from how to recruit students to come out for cross country, to getting the parents on board, to building relationships with each and every athlete and much more. It also includes Jim’s very unique way of breaking a team into “work groups,” based on volume and speed. These groups are what Jim believes took his squad to the State Championship level. I believe this book can be a blueprint for coaches all across the country to build their own dynasties in their towns, and in their States, for years to come. For a brief excerpt from the book read below. For Podcasts about the book and about high school coaching click HERE.