ROCKINGHAM — Whereas historically a person effort, second yr Richmond Senior Excessive cross nation coaches, Morgan Tedder and Ashleigh Buie, are working to foster an actual staff atmosphere throughout preseason exercises.
Tedder and Buie are an ideal melding of former collegiate athlete and tenured coach.
Each Richmond County natives, Tedder ran cross nation and monitor at St. Andrews College, whereas Buie has over a decade of soccer teaching expertise at each the center and highschool ranges.
“I got here from simply being the athlete attempting to show learn how to coach, I ran cross nation and monitor in school, however it’s taking what you be taught and making youngsters perceive it, it actually helped out along with her being a coach earlier than,” Tedder mentioned of her appreciation for Buie co-leading the hassle.
“I coached soccer for like twelve years on the center faculty stage, I’ve coached membership groups, and now serving to out with the highschool,” Buie mentioned on her intensive teaching background.
Whereas successful is at all times the final word purpose, on expectations coming off their first yr, coaches Tedder and Buie are extra involved with athletic growth, enchancment, and teamwork, reasonably than race outcomes.
“Final yr, final yr we bought quicker for each meet. After each meet final yr, I’d break down, I’d time them, I’d break them down individually, and each single time all people improved, and that was our first time teaching collectively,” Tedder mentioned.
The power to speak whereas working is traditionally a decide of coaching depth. Tedder steadily runs with the staff and retains them speaking – engaged on tempo consistency and breathe cadence, however she can be selling staff constructing.
“It brings camaraderie out in them as a result of that’s the factor, all of our opponents, they do these buddy runs, even within the meets, and it’s sensible. It’s a sensible tactic as a result of they’ll get them to take a seat there and push one another all through the meets, you’ll hear them speaking to one another continuous,” Tedder mentioned.
Tedder and Buie are incorporating a various coaching protocol for his or her runners. From tempo runs, threshold runs, go-runs, and pace work on the monitor, Tedder and Buie need their runners to come back out of the gate robust, shortly settle into their race tempo, after which end with a heavy kick.
“I’m attempting to get the begins faster this yr, then discovering their tempo, and having the ability to end actually robust,” Buie mentioned. “One factor I can say we’re good at, final yr we bought complimented on it in our final meet, we apparently have the very best finishes as a result of we’ve got actually pushed arduous on sprinting,” Tedder added.
Whereas not an enormous staff, Tedder and Buie, are banking on returning junior Mariana Mendez on the women’ roster, and senior Zaviar Lowry for the boys.
Mendez had an distinctive yr final yr, in line with Tedder, as the only feminine runner to make it to regionals. She is a gritty runner that Tedder and Buie hope will flip in occasions across the eighteen minute mark.
Lowry, then again, whereas a senior, has by no means run a cross nation race. Regardless of the plain strategic drawback, Lowry is a pure athlete. He was beforehand a standout on the soccer subject, and baseball diamond, and his talents present in spades.